KALAMA, Wash. A teen was recovering Monday after getting bitten by an otter in the Kalama River.

As first reported in the Longview Daily News, Kierra Clark said she was swimming with her cousin near the mouth of the Kalama River when an otter started biting her leg.

Clark, 13, screamed for help and scrambled into a nearby canoe. Her cousin also felt a jab on her leg and quickly swam to shore.

I was afraid. I mean, I didn't know what it was. It could have been a shark or something, I didn't know, Kierra said with a smile.

She was checked over by a doctor after the attack and had to get a tetanus shot.

A fish biologist speculated that the girls may have gotten in between an otter and her babies, since otters seldom attack unprovoked. The girls said they were unaware they were near the otters.

Clark said she looked back and saw the otter that bit her. She said it was baring its teeth and had huge eyes.

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