A teenage girl heading over to Grandma and Grandpa's river cottage to enjoy a little quality time and fun in the water. Sounds like a safe, fun weekend, right? Right. Well, for 13-year-old Kierra Clark, her visit to Grandma's took a disastrous turn for the worse when Kierra was attacked by a crazed animal while playing with her cousin in a nearby river. Not just any animal, though. A river otter.
... A very angry river otter.
Her grandmother described the encounter like "a scene out of Jaws." Kierra had her own thoughts on the frightening interaction:
At first it felt like somebody was just, like, grabbing onto my leg with their nails. Then it felt like somebody was stabbing me kind of. It was probably one of the scariest things ever.
Wow. Just wow. Lucky for the teen, her grandfather and a neighbor pulled her out of the water -- as blood streamed down her leg. After she was clear of the river, her family took her to the hospital where she received a tetanus shot. Apparently, the otter may have attacked Kierra because she got in between her and her babies. Still -- the scary image of an enraged river otter coming at her will be one that's stuck in Kierra's mind forever.
As a parent of a teen, you're learning how to give them independence and enable them to make their own decisions. At the end of the day, though, you can never be too careful. I'm sure Kierra's entire family is thankful that her grandparents were nearby to come to her aid. I'm also sure that Kierra's parents may think twice before letting her head out back into that river.
Watch more about the horrifying attack, here:
Can you believe this?!
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