They are highly aggressive and expansionist towards other otters, and are the most famous and well documented family in Singapore. (Photo: AFP) As citizen interest in urban otters has deepened, so has scientific research, as biologists seek to learn how urban otters fit into such a bustling landscape. We Are Hiring It’s a family of seven otters, likely on their way to their den at the Singapore Botanic Gardens. Pups of the Bishan family, only a few months old, swim behind their relatives in search of fish. The Singapore ottersâ main cause of death is vehicle strikes, with about five to six animals killed a year, according to Bernard Seah, a member of the Otter Working Group, a coalition of charity workers, government officials, and academics who monitor the otters and carry out awareness programs. Due to water pollution, habitat loss, and other factors, smooth-coated otters are considered vulnerable to extinction by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. Now at least 90 otters, part of 10 thriving families, live within the island-state, and their population is growing, thanks to rich food sourcesâsuch as koi pondsâand lack of predators. The otters also now have Facebook fan pages, including Ottercity, which was founded by photographer Jeffery Teo. Despite these run-ins, the Singaporeans are generally fond of their cheeky neighbours. PETALING JAYA, May 15 — It was a gnarly sight for Singaporean former actress Jazreel Low when she spotted wild otters chowing down on her pet fishes, including a prized arowana. | All rights reserved. Thatâs really exciting,â he says. | Now, to do his research all he has to do is step outside his house to see the sleek, playful creatures that are doing just swimmingly in Singapore. The Bishan otter family are among the most photographed of the 10 otter groups in Singapore. The otters rise up out of the water, and suddenly the pups disappear. When the crowds are away, the otters will play. For instance, while otters generally are known as skilled hunters, Johns and his team have discovered that having pups dramatically lowers the adult Zouk ottersâ success rate in hunting, since they have to spend a lot of their time teaching the pups to catch food. Omni Channel previously shared other videos with the otters seen in the city area, near Gardens By the Bay and Marina Bay. Print Edition | Subscribe Topics: In 2016, an otter family suddenly ran across the Singapore Marathon route, and Otter Working Group volunteers rushed to warn the runners of the ottersâ presence, as well as also position themselves along the route to prevent the animals and runners from colliding. Web design by Yu Sheng & Yu Siang. A cute Facebook video showing a family of otters climbing up the steps out of the Singapore River was posted today (Mar. In 1977, the Singaporean government launched its Clean River Campaign, and in 1998, otters began to return to the tropical island on their own. Itâs a family of seven otters, likely on their way to their den at the Singapore Botanic Gardens. Known to Singaporeans at the Zouk family, this tribe of otters is revealing new insights into the lives of city-dwelling otters. Singapore has seen over 50 years of major road projects, from the PIE to the North-South Corridor. | — AFP pic. Otters likely repopulated Singapore by swimming across the Johor Straits from Malaysia in the 1990s. Singapore's otter families all have names. Published 11 Mar 2020, 11:31 GMT, Updated 5 Nov 2020, 05:13 GMT. They now live all over the islandâfrom the farming area of Kranji in the north to the manicured Singapore Botanic Gardens in the center to the glittering finance district of Marina Bay in the south. Millions of Indonesian parents abandoned a measles vaccine in 2018 when it was declared haram. The total number of cases in Singapore stands at 57,915. Otter pups stay with their parents longer than otter pups in other more rural populations. SINGAPORE, May 30 — Singapore’s otters, long adored by the city-state’s nature lovers, are popping up in unexpected places during the coronavirus lockdown but their antics have angered some and even sparked calls for a cull. Philip Johns, a biologist at Yale-NUS College in Singapore, is part of a team studying the urban otters and has created an app, Otter Spotter, for locals to report sightings. 05 October 2020 - 13 November 2020 Two otter families in Singapore got into an epic gang fight in the portion of the canal that cuts through Braddell near Bishan. Launched on March 4, 2020, the One Million Trees project involves restoration of both inland and mangrove forests. For starters, the mammals share the waterways with another apex predator, the water monitor lizard, which preys on otter pups. 90K likes. Unfortunately for this family of otters, most of the existing hunting spaces in the Central Watershed - which includes the Singapore River, Kallang River … If youâve ever wanted to shoot your shot at being an influencer, nowâs your chance. Advertise with us There, two pups are nestled safely among the muddy tree roots, waiting for their parents to give the all-clear. Here, the Bishan family crosses a street in the city center. The 20-pound creatures have also adapted well to urban spaces, denning in concrete bridges and basking on patches of sand between slabs of pavement. There are more and more sightings of wild otters in Singapore in recent years. This photograph taken on May 29, 2020 shows a smooth-coated otter next to a canal in Singapore. Woodlands had dinosaurs before it was cool. âFive years ago, people still knew very little about the otters,â Teo says. Meet the otters who raided a spa during a coronavirus shutdown, sparking outrage Wild smooth-coated otters feed on a fish in the Singapore River on Feb. 21, 2019. Our otters have been in the news recently, venturing beyond t... heir usual haunts with lower human traffic during the circuit breaker. Additionally, the team has found that to cope with the lack of available land, the otters are changing their behaviourâfor instance by living with their parents longer. 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