10 photos of Bishan otter family pups are exactly what you need to end your week

Love.

By Jeanette Tan | February 10, 2017

Ever since we first discovered the Bishan otters who arrived on our shores roughly three years ago, Singapore has had an ongoing love (and depending who you ask and how wealthy they are, hate) relationship with them.

Back in April 2014, then-National Development Minister Khaw Boon Wan encouraged Singaporeans to accept our new citizens into our fold.

Not that we had any difficulty doing that, though — they’ve already enrolled in mainstream school, made friends with other wildlife residents here, socialised with fellow Singaporeans, celebrated SG50 with us, participated in our government’s Active SG campaign and even paid multiple visits to Gardens By The Bay.

And now, the smooth-coated otter population has grown to roughly 50 in total. Not bad, guys.

Photographer Jeff Tan has been tracking our naturalised fellow citizens for the past three years — quite possibly ever since they arrived — and shares this series of photographs he took of the Bishan pack from January till now with us.

We note that they’re going through some very typical experiences any large family can relate to, too:

1. Taking care of four kids is tough work:

Photo by and courtesy of Jeff Tan
Photo by and courtesy of Jeff Tan

2. That feeling when you have your very own portion of a very delicious snack, all to yourself:

Photo by and courtesy of Jeff Tan
Photo by and courtesy of Jeff Tan

3. But you still need to glance furtively around in case a sibling is lurking nearby waiting to steal it:

Photo by and courtesy of Jeff Tan
Photo by and courtesy of Jeff Tan

4. When it’s time for detox:

Photo by and courtesy of Jeff Tan
Photo by and courtesy of Jeff Tan

5. When Mom notices a wrinkle:

Photo by and courtesy of Jeff Tan
Photo by and courtesy of Jeff Tan

6. When your friends are looking but yo mom don’t care:

Photo by and courtesy of Jeff Tan
Photo by and courtesy of Jeff Tan

7. When you’ve had a bit too much fun and the parents find out:

Photo by and courtesy of Jeff Tan
Photo by and courtesy of Jeff Tan

8. Sharing a room with your snoring brother:

Photo by and courtesy of Jeff Tan
Photo by and courtesy of Jeff Tan

9. Although you can’t decide if you’d maybe prefer to have their company:

Photo by and courtesy of Jeff Tan
Photo by and courtesy of Jeff Tan

10. When the world’s had a few good whacks at you and all you need is a hug:

Photo by and courtesy of Jeff Tan
Photo by and courtesy of Jeff Tan

 

Awwwwwww.

 

More about our otters:

Otters go to Gardens By The Bay on Chinese New Year Day 1 for good luck

S’poreans reunite lost baby otter with family after it got too engrossed eating fish

Mother otter from Bishan pack seen with fish hook stuck in body 😠

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

Bishan-AMK Park otters have 5 new baby pups, which makes them a family of 10 in total

Bishan Park’s man-made river is now home to at least one wild otter. This time-lapse video shows how river was created.

Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park mommy otter has triplet babies

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

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

Otter pup injured by fishing hook in Toa Payoh appears to have self-healed like Wolverine

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

Otter family of 5 succumbs to touristy pressure, visits Flower Dome at Gardens By The Bay

Otters totally S’poreanised, visit SG Heart Map Festival @ Float before rest of public gets there

Otter family of 5 are really just dogs in disguise, played tag with cameraman at Kallang River

 

Top photo by and courtesy of Jeff Tan

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About Jeanette Tan

Jeanette takes pride in her ability to sing the complete lyrics to Hakuna Matata and a host of other Disney songs. She holds out hope to someday be talent-spotted to do voice-overs for documentaries, lifts and automated telephone answering systems.

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