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Bishan otters welcome their 6th litter of pups

The family has been maintaining its headcount at around 15.

Zhangxin Zheng | November 10, 12:53 am

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The Bishan otter family recently welcomed six new pups.

A few otter enthusiasts managed to catch a glimpse of these pups, which belong to the sixth litter of the iconic family, on Nov. 9 morning.

Sixth generation of Bishan pups

Six pups were spotted along with ten adult otters, totalling up to 16 otters in the Bishan family now.

The Bishan otter family has kept its headcount around this number over the years.

Both mother and newborns look healthy, although the pups are particularly energetic and adorable, as observed by the otter lovers.

bishan otters new pups 6 gen
Photo courtesy of Alvin Tan.

This is the second litter that the Bishan mum has given birth to since 2016.

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

bishan otters new pups 6 gen
Photo courtesy of Alvin Tan.

Here’s the Bishan mum entertaining a hundred and one questions about the world from this curious pup, perhaps.

bishan otters new pups 6 gen
Photo courtesy of Alvin Tan.

And here are more photos of the youngest batch of Bishan otters:

bishan otters new pups 6 gen
Photo courtesy of Alvin Tan.

One of the pups was observed to have a unique white tip at the end of its tail, much like its sister, White Tip.

Unfortunately, White Tip left the family after an internal dispute earlier in April this year.

bishan otters new pups 6 gen
Photo courtesy of Alvin Tan.
bishan otters new pups 6 gen
Photo courtesy of Alvin Tan.
bishan otters new pups 6 gen
Photo courtesy of Alvin Tan.

Although still clumsy, the pups appear at ease with water.

Here’s a video of them taking one of their first few dips as the adult otters watch closely.

They can be seen inching step-by-step towards the water, as captured by otter enthusiast Alvin Tan:

Here are more videos of the Bishan otter family of late:

The otter watchers also recommend that members of the public stay at least five metres away from the otters, as the adults can be really protective of their pups.

Top photos courtesy of Alvin Tan

About Zhangxin Zheng

Zhangxin’s favourite pastime is singing Mulan’s soundtrack in the mangrove forests. She hopes to perfect the art of napping in a hammock in the mangroves without being drowned by rising sea levels.

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