An otter attacked a swimmer in Minnesota, casting a pall over what were thought to be excellent otter-human relations. Leah Prudhomme, an experienced triathlete, was bitten multiple times while swimming in Island Lake. Hillary Clinton, Secretary of State, promptly jetted to the lake to begin discussions with the disgruntled otter. To show just how tense the relationship between otters and man is, other Island Lake otters were quick to defend, and even applaud, their compatriot's attack. "They come here with their electric motorboats, churn up the water and just miss cutting off our heads with their propellers, and generally act like they own the place," said Peter van Otter, who says he would never attack a human himself, "but that's because I'm a big pussy." The number of militant anti-human otters is unknown, but long-time Island Lake swimmers have begun to shy away from plying its waters. "I don't want to be attacked by otters," said a former swimmer who asked to remain anonymous. "I don't want to be attacked by otters," said a second former swimmer, who also asked to remain anonymous. And echoed a third anonymous former swimmer, "I don't want to be attacked by otters." Which just goes to show you that the fear level is high, and that everybody in Minnesota talks exactly the same.
thanks to Richard Henderson