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Woman recovering from otter attack wounds

Sydney Sainsbury suffered a broken bone and torn ligaments and tendons in her right hand, along with many bites and scratches from an otter attack July 9 while floating the Madison River. (Courtesy of Sydney Sainsbury)
Sydney Sainsbury suffered a broken bone and torn ligaments and tendons in her right hand, along with many bites and scratches from an otter attack July 9 while floating the Madison River. (Courtesy of Sydney Sainsbury)

WILDLIFE ENCOUNTERS — A relaxing evening floating the river with friends two weeks ago took a turn for the worse for Sydney Sainsbury, who was attacked by an otter about 200 yards east of the Madison River Bridge.

The otter, she said, was relentless as it attacked, leaving Sainsbury with a broken right hand, torn ligaments and tendons and many bites and scratches. She said the animal bit through joints and ligaments on her hand requiring pins to be surgically implanted in her hand joint.

Her legs, too, were bitten and scratched, as well as her stomach and arms plus a gash above her left eye.

See the story from the West Yellowstone News.

 




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