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Otter pup clearly injured, limping after angler at Toa Payoh canal deliberately baited it with fishing line hook

The otters were looking fine earlier that day after they were spotted at St Andrew's Junior College.

Belmont Lay | October 22, 2015 @ 10:37 am

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One of the Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park otters appears to be injured and limping after it was deliberately baited with a fishing line hook.

The incident happened on Oct. 20 at around 6.30pm at the canal along Toa Payoh Lorong 8.

The illegal fishing act was caught on video and posted on YouTube by Fast Snail, a chronicler of Singapore’s otters.

Video here:

A man in blue was clearly seen using his line to bait the pup, which was later seen and heard in the video to be squeaking in distress as it got caught by the fishing line hook.

The pup later managed to break free and swam away with its family as it appeared that the line broke.

The angler was seen smiling when he successfully baited the pup:

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In another video posted by Fast Snail on the same day, the otter pup that was baited can seen with a line and float extending from its right hind leg, which appears immobilised, as it limped along on its other three legs.

Video here:

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The angler in blue has since been visually identified by Fast Snail:

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Earlier that day on Oct. 20, the family of five otters had paid St Andrew’s Junior College a visit.

In a video posted by the school, the five otters appeared fully healthy.

A video of the otters at SAJC taken by Carel Chay of 15S09.

Posted by St Andrew's Junior College on Tuesday, October 20, 2015

 

It is believed that the otter pup was baited and injured after the school visit, assuming it is the same otter clique.

The five otters have been documented since the triplet otters were tiny pups in April 2015 that have grown to be increasingly friendly with humans — to the extent they were seen playfully mingling with park goers.

 

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Otter family of 5 enrols into St Andrew’s Junior College

Video shows Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park otters successfully integrating, mingling with S’poreans

Otters feast on fresh koi at Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park

 

 

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