An otterly good time at the Botanic

An otterly good time at the Botanic
The otter was spotted at the Botanic Gardens' Swan Lake.

An otter was seen enjoying its meal at the Botanic Gardens' Swan Lake yesterday.

It first made an appearance on Tuesday, according to the National Parks Board, and this is the first time the Singapore native has been spotted at the gardens.

Dr Nigel Taylor, director of the Singapore Botanic Gardens, said the creature "is likely to stay and may even call its family to join it if it has one", as the habitat is conducive.

The threatened marine mammals have also been popping up in other unexpected parts of the island.

In February, a pair of smooth-coated otters caused a stir with their romps at Gardens by the Bay. The same pair have now raised five pups.

Experts said that the animals, which typically thrive around mangroves, river mouths and natural shorelines, may be appearing more frequently as they are adapting to the urban environment here.

They also advised visitors to keep their distance.

This article was first published on October 31, 2014.
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