SINGAPORE: A Reddit user took to the online news forum on Monday (Aug 7) to share a heart-wrenching photo of a family of otters, one of which seemed to be trash wrapped around its neck.
“One of the zouk family otters has trash around its neck,” the post read. “Picture taken at Robertson quay.” The online user asked Singaporeans on the forum who to call for such problems. “Is there someone in Singapore that traps or rescues otters with problems?” the netizen asked.
A handful responded to the post.
“If you encounter otters in distress, please call NParks Animal Response Centre helpline at 1800-476-1600 or ACRES Wildlife Rescue hotline at 97837782,” one said.
The post author claimed to have already called ACRES and shared what the wildlife rescue centre reportedly said. “I called ACRES which resulted in a WhatsApp chat,” the netizen shared. “They have the picture, location, and time that I saw the otter. They say if the otter’s mobility doesn’t seem effected (it doesn’t, IMO) they’ll just monitor for a while.”
Another online user took the initiative as well, saying, “I have sent a screenshot of this post to Singapore Otterwatch. They’ll know what to do.”
Still, one netizen commented, showing empathy for the animal. “Youch, just looking at it, i can feel pain.”
A third wondered, “Not an animal expert here. Just wondering if the otter family is smart enough to try and bite free the entanglement? Curious to know.”