A river otter stands up after hitting the waterslide at Ichikawa Zoological and Botanical Garden in Ichikawa, east of Tokyo, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. Playful otters spend their time swimming and playing in the waterslide that was built two years ago in commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the zoo for the mammals to beat the summer heat. (AP Photo/Koji Ueda

Koji Ueda

A river otter stands up after hitting the waterslide at Ichikawa Zoological and Botanical Garden in Ichikawa, east of Tokyo, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. Playful otters spend their time swimming and playing in the waterslide that was built two years ago in commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the zoo for the mammals to beat the summer heat. (AP Photo/Koji Ueda

Otter attacks swimmers in Washington river

The Associated Press

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MACHIAS, Wash. — A river otter attacked an 8-year-old boy and his grandmother as they were swimming in the Pilchuck River at a park in the Snohomish County town of Machias (muh-CHEYE’-us).

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