Otter pup injured by hook above right eye appears to be okay now, self-heals like Wolverine

Otters are kind of indestructible.

Belmont Lay| April 08, 05:54 PM

An otter pup, belonging to the Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park family of 10 otters, was recently spotted on Saturday, April 2, to have been injured by a fishing hook sticking out from above its right eye.

Photo by Fast Snail Photo by Fast Snail

Photos of the injured second-generation pup shared on Facebook drew the ire of the public as this was the second incident where an otter has been snagged by a fishing hook.

The first incident, which was caught on camera last October, showed an angler actively baiting an otter as it squeaked to break free.

The otter subsequently emerged miraculously unscathed from the incident, even though an initial video showed that it was limping from its injury.

The angler from this first incident eventually turned himself in to the police.


Informal otter watch set up

Wildlife rescue group Animal Concerns Research and Education Society (Acres) said it was made aware of this second latest incident on Saturday evening, but were unable to locate the otters.

However, it appears that the otter pup has now been spotted free from the hook.

It was seen near the Kallang Wave Mall on Wednesday, April 6, morning by an informal group of otter watchers, who have been checking on and photographing the animal daily since its injury was spotted.

It is not clear how the hook came off, although it was suspected to have been pulled out by another otter from the family group.

One of the otter watchers Nick Soo, who is the foremost chronicler of otters in Singapore and uses the moniker Fast Snail, said so in a Facebook post on Thursday.


the unfortunate otter-pup hooking incident reported by Ms Yane Kang last Saturday, it is also very heartening to...

Posted by Fast Snail on Thursday, 7 April 2016

In total, more than 10,000 photographs and videos of the otter family were taken over five days as the otter watchers spent hours looking for details of each of the five pups in the family, to verify that the hook had come off.

In February this year, this Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park family of five otters — initially consisting of two adults and three pups — doubled their numbers to 10.

The five new pups were believed to be born in late December 2015.


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