Biting otter had 'jet lag'

13th July 2006, Comments 0 comments

13 July 2006, AMSTERDAM — The otter that bit a four-year-old boy in Friesland on Sunday may have lashed out because he was suffering from jet lag, an expert has claimed.

13 July 2006

AMSTERDAM — The otter that bit a four-year-old boy in Friesland on Sunday may have lashed out because he was suffering from jet lag, an expert has claimed.

Hugh Jansman of Alterra, the animal institute responsible for releasing otters into the wild in the Netherlands, said on Thursday the animal had just come from Siberia.

The otter was transported in a small case to Moscow and flown on to Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport. The animal had to spend the night there due a problem with its entry documents. The next day it was taken by road to the northern province of Friesland and released in the 'Rottige Meenthe' nature area.

Jansman said the otter is behaving normally again after Sunday's attack. "We see from its transmitter that he is staying out of the way of humans. So, that's great," the otter expert said.

The sister of the biting otter had to be re-captured as she picked up an injury after being released.

An otter protection group based in the north of the Netherlands ridiculed the jet lag excuse.

Foundation 'Otterstation Nederland' issued a statement on Thursday afternoon alleging Jansman was trying to disguise he had ignored international guidelines and released an animal into the wild that was far too tame. 

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

Subject: Dutch news

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