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12-year-old girl attacked by otter in Wisconsin lake

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LUCK (WKOW) -- A girl from Minneapolis ran into a rare case of animal aggression in Wisconsin's cabin country recently.

Last weekend, 12-year-old Rory Kliewer was swimming with friends in Bone Lake, near Luck in northwest Wisconsin.

She was climbing onto a dock when the otter jumped on her, biting and scratching her.

"And when they got to the ER and the doc called me, he said 'in 35 years of practice, I haven't seen an otter attack," said Rory's mother Sue Kliewer.

A family friend chased the animal away.

Kliewer says the attack was scary, but she also seems to be taking it in stride.

"I was saying it autographed me and then my friend's mom was like, 'oh, it otter-graphed you.' So we call it an otter-graph," said Rory Kliewer.

Kliewer needed ten shots in the ER.


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LUCK (AP) -- A Minneapolis girl who was attacked by an otter while swimming in a Wisconsin lake is getting rabies shots as a precaution.

A St. Paul Pioneer Press report says 12-year-old Rory Kliewer was swimming with friends over the weekend in Bone Lake, near the city of Luck in northwestern Wisconsin. She was climbing onto a dock when the otter bit her buttocks and thigh.

It also scratched her face and bit her head. Then it chased her onto land, and when a friend's mother and a dog intervened it stood on its hind legs and hissed.

Family friend Pat Hinschberger rushed at it and yelled until it retreated. He says it seemed to be trying to injure Rory.

She says she's not sure if she'll ever swim in a lake again.
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