Fla. Resident Captures Otter Attack on Video

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Cute little otters aren't acting so cute in Boca Raton, Fla. Local wildlife officials say otters have been recently attacking people.

William Gibbons has the unhappy distinction of being the third Boca Raton resident attacked by an otter in the last two weeks. But he was the first to capture the incident on video.

"Yeah, it definitely rushed toward me," Gibbons recalled. "It circled me and then it made that noise, and I took off after that."

"I can't describe it. It was like devil noise," he added.

Four years ago, Leanne Vanna had to respond to a similar attack when an otter charged up a bank, grabbed her dog by the nose, and dragged it deep into the water.

"I punched it hard, which made me feel terrible because otters are cute," she said. "But this one was definitely out to kill."

Authorities speculate the attacks could be the result of residents feeding the usually non-aggressive otters, making them lose their fear of people.

"If you don't have a fish, he's not going to be a happy otter," said Capt. David Walesky of the Palm Beach County Animal Control. "It's not likely he's going to attack you, but anything is possible."

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