Otters at Geylang Field Singapore

Looks like they wouldn't want to skip training too.

Mommy Rhey | Jan. 3, 2022 | 249 reads
Otters at Geylang Field Singapore
Credit: Football Association of Singapore

Video clips of three Otters are now circulating online on December 4. The Singapore national Football team were training, and watchers were cheering laughing at the sight. Who wouldn't? These Otters ran and were galloping like they're also chasing a goal!

In a video clip uploaded by the Football Association of Singapore, they are visibly happy and untroubled. According to FAS, the sporty Otters were given enough space to roam around by the trainees and other individuals, respecting and letting them enjoy. Though the recorded video only lasted a few seconds, they stayed in the field for almost 15 to 20 minutes.

On the other hand, Wahido also uploaded a video clip with Otters at the Geylang field at 7 pm.

Wahido said, "It's amazing how the otters could have appeared inland there at Lor 12 Geylang because the Kallang River and sea are quite a distance away."

Are Otters common in Singapore?

Well, for today, they can be seen in Singapore.

In the 1970s, environmental changes drove the Otter population away due to deforestation and pollution. But, as the island slowly regained the forest and cleaned the waters, the Otters returned and adjusted to the infrastructures.

Last year, Claire Turrel wrote about the Singapore Otters in the National Geographic based on the thriving population and adaptation of these species on urban places in Singapore. You're lucky enough to see these tiny creatures in Singapore, especially near Botanic Gardens.

The number of these species is slowly increasing, but the living space for humans and animals decreases as it grows. Some reports say that other otters have consumed a few ornamental fish in a hotel and gated community, as well as injured humans.

What should I do if I see Otters in Urban Areas in Singapore?

If you spotted a family of Otters enjoying the moment, just let them be. Keep your distance, as they might feel threatened if you get close. The same goes if you want to take photos. They want to protect their youngsters from strangers. Indeed, Otters do not attack humans unless they feel threatened.

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