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'Succession' star Crystal Finn attacked by otters: 'Really hurt'

Jun 08, 2023

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They otter be ashamed.

“Succession” star Crystal Finn claims she was attacked by otters while swimming in northern California’s Feather River in July — and the bites were so serious she went to the hospital for treatment.

“I felt something on my back side and on my leg,” Finn recalled to the San Francisco Chronicle on Wednesday. “I started looking around and yelling out and (the otters) popped up right in front of me. Then they dove down and started going at me again.”

Although Finn isn’t sure why she was assaulted, she thinks it may have been a mother protecting her offspring, as she spotted three of them just moments after being bitten.

While she tried to escape to the shore, the otters “dove back down” and began to bite her again. She fought them off with her feet and took shelter on a rock.

“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,” Finn told the outlet. “The bites really hurt.”

Finn — who played Lauren Pawson in the Season 4 “America Decides” episode of “Succession” — was treated at the Tahoe Forest Hospital in Truckee.

Otter bites are typically rare, with only 59 documented attacks worldwide since 1875, according to the Daily Montanan.

Otter behavior expert Heide Island, a professor at Pacific University in Oregon, noted to the outlet that the animal can sometimes become aggressive if it’s trying to protect its area, children or food.

And, in June and July, otter moms tend to teach their pups how to fend for themselves, including how to swim. Most of the time they are not looking to hang with humans.

“If you see an otter nearby, and you’re on the water, the best advice I can give is — get out of the water,” Island told the Daily Montanan. “On land, you have the advantage. In water, they do.”

The Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks also advises people to stay away from wildlife in the water.

For her part, Finn is warning others to be careful when swimming in northern California waters.

She admitted that even if she had seen the creatures roaming in the river, it wouldn’t have given her pause.

“It would have been a lot worse,” Finn told the San Francisco Chronicle while considering the idea she had to bring her young daughter to the river.

The Post reached out to Finn for comment.

So far this summer, a number of people have reported otter-related injuries.

Montana woman Jen Royce almost lost half her ear and ended up with a face full of stitches after being attacked by an otter while tubing on a river.

Three women were also injured by otters on Aug. 2 while floating on inner tubes on Montana’s Jefferson River.

The San Francisco Chronicle noted there was another victim of an otter in northern California this summer.

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