Otter spotted taking dip in Swan Lake at Botanic Gardens

An otter was spotted at Swan Lake in the Botanic Gardens on Oct 30, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI FOR THE STRAITS TIMES
An otter was spotted at Swan Lake in the Botanic Gardens on Oct 30, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI FOR THE STRAITS TIMES
An otter was spotted at Swan Lake in the Botanic Gardens on Oct 30, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI FOR THE STRAITS TIMES
An otter was spotted at Swan Lake in the Botanic Gardens on Oct 30, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI FOR THE STRAITS TIMES

SINGAPORE - An otter was spotted taking a dip in Swan Lake at Botanic Gardens on Thursday.

While the staff there were surprised by its appearance, it is not the first time otters have been spotted here.

In February this year, two smooth-coated otters visited Gardens by the Bay. They eventually raised five pups, and the family was found roaming and eating fish along the banks of Marina Reservoir. They have also been seen inside the Gardens and in its lakes.

Otters are threatened native marine mammals, and are often found at sea but need a source of fresh water nearby. They have also been spotted at East Coast Park and as far inland as Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park.

Watch a video of it here

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