Bishan 5 now Bishan 10 with new otter pups

In a Facebook video shared by Fast Snail, the pups, estimated to be about 11/2 months old, are seen frolicking in the water under the watchful eye of their famous family members, the Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park otters. Fast Snail said the otters often roam aro
In a Facebook video shared by Fast Snail, the pups, estimated to be about 11/2 months old, are seen frolicking in the water under the watchful eye of their famous family members, the Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park otters. Fast Snail said the otters often roam around in Kallang Basin and Marina Bay. PHOTO: NICK SOO/FAST SNAIL

The famous Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park otters, also known as the Bishan 5, have made an appearance again, this time with five additions to the original family of five.

In a Facebook video shared by Fast Snail, the pups are seen frolicking in the water under the watchful eye of the other family members.

The pups, estimated to be about 1½ months old, were said to have been born in December.

While the exact location where the video was taken was not revealed in the post, Fast Snail said the otters often roam around in Kallang Basin and Marina Bay, and those who wish to get a sighting of them will "need luck and patience".

It started out as just a pair of male and female otters spotted in Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park. Two became five when three pups were born in April last year. Videos and photos of the pair and their "SG50 triplets" went viral on social media.

Wild otters have been spotted at Gardens by the Bay, Botanic Gardens and East Coast beach, and even in the heartland, such as Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park, Pasir Ris Park and the Punggol Waterway.

Otters are threatened native marine mammals. They are often found at sea but need a source of freshwater nearby.

And while they are mostly harmless, these otters have been suspected of feasting on ornamental koi in Sentosa, reportedly costing more than $80,000, in April last year.

"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," said the National Parks Board on its Facebook page.

The Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) advises the public not to approach, disturb or feed any wild animals they see. The public can contact AVA on 1800-476-1600 to give feedback on wildlife.

Nurulnadiah Md Noh

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 13, 2016, with the headline 'Bishan 5 now Bishan 10 with new otter pups'. Print Edition | Subscribe