Rabid Otter Attacks Florida Man Who's Feeding Ducks

A rabid otter attacked and bit a Florida man on his daily walk to feed ducks in a pond.

Rabid Otter Attacks Florida Man Who's Feeding Ducks

A 74-year-old Florida man was attacked and bitten by a rabid otter, sending the man to the hospital for treatment of multiple wounds on his hands, arms and legs. Joseph Scaglione, of Jupiter, Florida, was feeding ducks at a small pond near his home when he turned to leave. He heard the ducks flush, according to The Miami Herald, and turned to find an otter walking down the bank toward him.

Scaglione backtracked to a fence gate, but before he could get through it the otter attacked. It bit and scratched his feet and legs, and then Scaglione’s arms and hands as he tried to fend off the crazed animal. It finally stopped but also attacked a neighbor’s dog. Scaglione had 41 wounds that required treatment, and also received various vaccinations. The dog was treated by a local veterinarian.

“I started to push it away, and it started to bite my hands,” Scaglione told WPTV. “One of the bites is on my pinkie, and it ripped the nail off the pinkie. [It] looks like the tooth went completely through my finger.”

The otter was trapped under a recycling bin by the Jupiter Police Department. It then was captured in a cage by Palm Beach Animal Care and Control, and taken to the Florida Department of Health for rabies testing.

Coincidentally, the Florida attack happened seven weeks after three women were attacked by an otter while floating on the Jefferson River in Montana. The three women were in the middle of the river and were unable to stand because of the depth. They kicked and punched at the otter, which finally moved away.


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