A Texas aquarium is being sued for the second time in lower than a yr over an enormous otter attacking a toddler.

Samantha Jorgensen of Fort Value filed the swimsuit, printed in full by NBC DFW, towards 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 toes tall, however the toddler was sitting on the shoulders of her father, who’s 6 toes, 3 inches.

To make clear, an enormous otter doesn’t simply imply a extremely massive otter. Big otters are their very own species, native to South America. They stay in freshwater, principally eat fish and males can develop as much as 6 toes lengthy. Right here’s a photograph of 1 within the wild:

A giant otter snacking on fish in Brazil.
A large otter snacking on fish in Brazil.

Hal Beral through Getty Photographs

The aquarium didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark from HuffPost.

The lawsuit, which features a photograph of the bloody damage, states that the otter chew pulled one of many toddler’s fingernails “clear off.” The swimsuit additionally alleges that the incident brought on “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 looking for damages of $250,000 to $1 million.

The allegations echo these from a lawsuit filed in October, based on The Dallas Morning Information. In that swimsuit, a lady stated an enormous otter reached excessive of the enclosure and scratched her 18-month-old son. The wound turned contaminated and finally brought on what the household stated was everlasting scarring on his arm. It was not clear whether or not the identical otter was concerned.

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