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Tourist Gets 40 Stitches After Attack by Otters

July 20, 2001|From Times Staff, Wire Reports

River otters attacked a 17-year-old houseboat vacationer in Redding, biting and puncturing her skin more than 30 times.

The severity of Monday's assault was unprecedented, wildlife officials said, though three major incidents involving otters have been reported at Shasta Lake in the last month.

Erin Vanduzer was taken to Redding Medical Center, where she received more than 40 stitches, a U.S. Forest Service spokesman said. She is also receiving rabies treatments.

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