[UPDATE] Two More Bitten by Aggressive Otter Near Boca Raton

By: AP
By: AP

UPDATE 12-2
Boca Raton, FL (AP) -- A dead otter found floating in a Boca
Raton lake not far from where an otter attack was previously
reported has tested positive for rabies.

Palm Beach County Animal Care & Control retrieved the body
Wednesday and announced the results of the rabies test Thursday.

Weeks earlier, three people and a dog were attacked by an otter
in the area. They were treated with rabies vaccines as a
precaution.

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UPDATE 11-29
Boca Raton, FL (AP) - Palm Beach County Health Department
officials are searching for an otter who may have bitten three
people earlier this month in the Boca Raton area.

An otter attacked a dog on Nov. 18 and two people Nov. 21, and
then last week another man was attacked by an otter.

It wasn't clear if the same animal was involved in all attacks.

The Palm Beach County Animal Care Control and the Health
Department say people should avoid contact with wildlife.

Anyone who sees an otter that appears sick or aggressive can
report it to Animal Care and Control at 561-233-1200 and Florida
Wildlife Conservation Commission at 888-404-3922.

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BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) --

The Palm Beach County Health Department says two more people have been bitten by an aggressive and possibly rabid otter trolling the Boca Raton area.

William Gibbons was bitten by the animal as he videotaped it
floating in a canal behind his home. He has received six rabies
shots and is scheduled to receive four more.

Two other people were bitten by an aggressive otter in the area
earlier this month.

Authorities are continuing to search for the animal.

The Palm Beach County Animal Care Control and the Health
Department say people in the West Boca Raton area near Yamato Road and State Road 441 should avoid contact with wildlife.


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  • by shadow on Dec 3, 2010 at 03:08 AM
    It bit that many people in Boca? It must have been running around at Bloomingdale's or Nordstroms.
  • by Animal Lover Location: N. FL on Nov 29, 2010 at 04:21 PM
    If it is the same otter and it is still around for over a week, it is probably not rabid. I don't think it would still be alive that long if it had been rabid. If I am correct, I think they die within a week if they are exhibiting symptoms, but I may be wrong with wildlife. Domestic animals will die within about a week after symptoms show up.
  • by freddy b. Location: ga on Nov 29, 2010 at 03:16 PM
    they are telling them to quit poluteing their water.
  • by WakullaGirl Location: Wakulla on Nov 29, 2010 at 01:51 PM
    I saw that thing on TV Saturday morning & it looked like a dog running down the road. Why haven't they called that "critter" guy to get it? Heck, where I come from, a .22 would take care of it real quick!
  • by Bubba Location: Tallahassee on Nov 29, 2010 at 01:46 PM
    People otter know better than to mess with wild animals!
  • by Anonymous on Nov 29, 2010 at 01:22 PM
    When Otters Attack!! How hard is it to be accidently bit by an otter? Rabid or not, just run from it, or punt it back out into the water!!
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