A Texas aquarium is being sued for the second time in lower than a yr over an enormous otter attacking a baby.
Samantha Jorgensen of Fort Value filed the swimsuit, published in full by NBC DFW, in opposition to the Dallas World Aquarium on behalf of her younger daughter this week. Jorgensen alleges that when her household visited the aquarium in September 2019, an enormous otter reached over a glass barrier and bit her then-2-year-old daughter’s hand. The plexiglass barrier across the enclosure was about 5 and a half ft tall, however the toddler was sitting on the shoulders of her father, who’s 6 ft, 3 inches.
To make clear, an enormous otter doesn’t simply imply a extremely large otter. Giant otters are their own species, native to South America. They stay in freshwater, largely eat fish and males can develop as much as 6 ft lengthy. Right here’s a photograph of 1 within the wild:
The aquarium didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark from HuffPost.
The lawsuit, which features a picture of the bloody harm, states that the otter chew pulled one of many toddler’s fingernails “clear off.” The swimsuit additionally alleges that the incident precipitated “everlasting scarring.”
The aquarium at the moment has a warning studying, “BE AWARE: GIANT OTTERS ARE ACTIVE ANIMALS AND CAN INJURE YOU,” however the swimsuit alleges this warning was not current throughout the household’s go to and that that they had no concept the otters have been capable of get excessive of the enclosure.
The swimsuit is in search of damages of $250,000 to $1 million.
The allegations echo these from a lawsuit filed in October, according to The Dallas Morning News. In that swimsuit, a lady stated an enormous otter reached excessive of the enclosure and scratched her 18-month-old son. The wound became infected and in the end precipitated what the household stated was everlasting scarring on his arm. It was not clear whether or not the identical otter was concerned.