5 new pups for Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park otter family

AsiaOne 12 Feb 16;

SINGAPORE - Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park is now home to five new otter pups born to the park's famous otter family, affectionately called the Bishan 5.

The little ones made their online debut in a Facebook video posted by user Fast Snail, who often posts updates and photos of the park's resident otters.

Despite being the park's newest residents, the pups seemed familiar with the river as they frolicked in the water.

It is believed that the pups were born in December last year.

BREAKING NEWS - First Appearance of 5 new pups from Bishan-AMK otter family! Based on observation, these pups are born roughly on the last week of December 2015. They are currently ~1.5 month old.Guess, we should now call them "Bishan10" =)

Posted by Fast Snail on Thursday, 11 February 2016
The video quickly picked up steam on Facebook and several users left comments thanking Fast Snail for posting it.

Besides Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park, the otters reportedly roam about in Kallang Basin and Marina Bay but Fast Snail said "luck and patience" is required in finding them.

These otters first gained national attention when the National Parks Board posted pictures and videos of the otter couple's SG50 triplets last year.

While sightings of otters began to spread around the island, not all of them were well-loved.

The critters made headlines again in April 2015 for allegedly feasting on ornamental koi at a resort and a home in Sentosa.

My Paper reported that the resort lost about $20,000 worth of koi while a Sentosa Cove resident lost about $64,000 worth of the ornamental fish.

In response, National Parks Board advised on its Facebook page: "If you ever encounter the otters, observe them from a distance, stay quiet and avoid flash photography as we don't want to frighten them. Let's not feed the otters as well - they have plenty of fish from the river to feast on, which keeps the ecosystem healthy too".