Missing: Singapore otter team urges public to help find injured otter with fish hook

The missing otter and a fish hook to its paw. Photos: Myottermelon/Facebook, OtterWatch/Facebook
The missing otter and a fish hook to its paw. Photos: Myottermelon/Facebook, OtterWatch/Facebook

According to an otter community today, one of Singapore’s otters is injured and missing and needs your help.

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OtterWatch, a community of obsessed otter trackers who post photos and videos of them regularly online, said a limping otter named Flowerhead was spotted with a fishing hook stuck deep to its paw and urged the public to help lookout and report it so they can remove it immediately.

“Over the last few days, the public has been informing the community and various agencies on an otter with something attached to its right front paw that is causing the otter to limp,” they wrote.

The community said Flowerhead is from the Zouk family who had been separated from them and missing for a few days. She was last spotted at the Singapore Botanical Gardens yesterday morning but the team lost her after a while.

The hook is thankfully barbless so removing it would be easier, said OtterWatch, who also asked the public not to hate on the fishing community as the otter could have found it out of curiosity. 

“The only reason for this post is to ask the public to help keep an eye out for her,” they wrote.

The missing otter’s family was spotted yesterday morning carrying on their adventures without her at Bishan Park.

Anyone who spots the otter can send videos to otter communities like Otterwatch and Ottercity, or anyone in the otter sphere.

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