While otters might have been depicted by Pixar animated films as adorable furry animals scrunching their noses with wiggling whiskers, one black Labrador retriever saw a different side.
According to a KRON 4 report, surveillance footage shows the 2-year-old dog being attacked by a gang of otters.
On the dock, the dog seems terrified and fighting for her life while trying to fight off the animals. The pup was able to make it back to shore and quickly ran home.
Owner Linda Willingham said that she was shocked by the strength the tiny, seemingly adorable, animals had.
“She actually was dragged under the water, and she came up and not too long, three or four of them just swarming all over her,” Willingham said. “The local vet also said different reports of animals being attacked by the otters here on American Lake.”
The owners of the Marina claim that the otters have been stealing trout from their hatchery. While they’ve tried to catch them, their efforts have been unsuccessful. They can get a hunting license, however, and kill the otters, according to state game officials.
The black lab is still recovering from the multiple bite wounds.
This is not the first time killer otters have attacked. One south Florida man was bitten while filming what he assumed was a “cute little otter.”
In 2013, Slate detailed the heartbreaking story of killer otters brutally attacking baby seals, dolphins and other adorable animals.
“What is natural is not inherently good or evil: It simply is, and we’d be fools to take such examples as models of right or wrong,” cautioned science writer Brian Switek. “The dark side of superficially cute animals is a part of their nature that reminds us that the wild does not exist for our entertainment and whimsy. We can find beauty and poetry in nature, but we can also find terror and savagery, all essential parts of the entire picture.”
Benedict Cumberbatch was not involved, despite jokes by British comedian Graham Norton.
Watch the footage below: