Crystal Finn recently opened up about a traumatic trip to the Feather River in Northern California.
The actress, who played Lauren Pawson in the eighth episode of Succession‘s Season 4 entitled “America Decides,” was attacked by otters. She told The San Francisco Chronicle in an interview published Wednesday (Aug. 16) that she first noticed something was off when she “felt something on [her] backside and on [her] leg.”
“I started looking around and yelling out and [the otters] popped up right in front of me,” she explained. “Then they dove down and started going at me again.”
Once she spotted three otters — whom she guessed were a mother and two of its babies — they were just six inches away from her face. Although she attempted to escape, the otters “dove back down” and continued their attack.
“I could see the bites on my legs and knew I had been bitten on my butt—that one was the worst, but I couldn’t see it,” she shared, noting that the “bites really hurt.”
She ultimately visited Tahoe Forest Hospital in Truckee, California in order to receive treatment.
However, Finn, whose credentials include starring in the Broadway play Birthday Candles with Debra Messing, admitted that even if she had seen the otters, she doesn’t “think it would have given [her] pause.”
“I would have thought, ‘Oh those cute river otters,’” she continued.
Finn expressed how happy she was that her daughter wasn’t with her, as “it would have been a lot worse.”
Although Finn’s experience is fairly rare, three women in Montana were victims of an otter attack in the Jefferson River last Wednesday (Aug. 9), per CNN.
“Without ANY exaggeration, God’s honest truth, I did not think I was going to make it out of that river,” Jen Royce, one of the three women whose injuries required medical treatment, wrote on Facebook. “I had no clue if my friends were going to make it out. But by the grace of God we did.”
The Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks explained that “otters can be protective of themselves and their young, especially at close distances.”
They continued, “They give birth to their young in April and can later be seen with their young in the water during the summer. They may also be protective of food resources, especially when those resources are scarce.”
Note to all summer swimmers out there — it isn’t just sharks we have to watch out for. Add otters to the list, too.
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