Zouk Otter Family Visits KK Hospital After Recent Sightings At Little India & Tan Tock Seng Hospital
Otters are precious little creatures in Singapore’s urban jungle. If you’re lucky, you get to chance upon them making random visits at different places in the city.
Remember the ones that were spotted livin’ the high SES life at a Newton condo?
They’re back again. This large Zouk otter family recently scurried their way to the lobby of KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital, and right into our hearts.
While they didn’t have a swimming pool and koi fish to feast on, at least they had a kind security uncle stopping traffic for them, keeping them safe.
Family of otters scurrying about KK Hospital lobby
In the 1-minute video, we first see the otters scampering about the hospital lobby. It’s as if they are keen on exploring beyond the entrance.Source
We hear a voice behind the camera making an “oi” sound, perhaps to chase away the otters so they don’t intrude. It’s understandable, after all, hospitals do have a no-visitor policy right now due to Covid-19.Source
Looking a little lost, it seems like they have no choice but to leave the premises. Luckily, the kind security uncle stops traffic for them to keep them out of harm’s way.Source
Once the coast is clear, the otters systematically stroll along the sidewalk, leaving KK Hospital behind them.Source
Not sure where they were headed to next, but we do hope they made it home safely.
Zouk otter family travels around using Rochor River
According to Otter City on Friday (8 May), they confirmed that the Zouk otter family is the same as the one recently spotted at:
- Little India
- Shell patrol station in Bukit Timah
- Tan Tock Seng Hospital
- Private condominium in Newton
The dedicated otter-loving community page shared that the Zouk family gets around Singapore via one major canal — Rochor River.Source
By just casually cruising their way through the canal along Bukit Timah, they are able to return to their home at Singapore Botanic Gardens.Source
They described the experience akin to a “day tour to go sightseeing and explore new places.” You can open up Google Map and try to guess where their next adventure would take them.
Marina otter family visited KK Hospital too
Otter City also mentioned that the Zouk family encounter wasn’t the first time otters had visited KK Hospital.Source
The Marina family used to be frequent a huge garden – Kampong Java Park – just behind the hospital before it was closed forever in 2018 due to the North-South Corridor project.
Having lost their familiar lepak spot, perhaps the father of the Marina family had nowhere to go and ended up leading the pack to the front lobby of KK Hospital.
Call Otter City, ACRES or NParks if you see otters
If you ever chance upon any otters, do remember to give them space instead of cornering them, advised Otter City.
You can also alert them via Facebook Messenger here, or contact ACRES hotline 97837782 or NParks hotline 1800-471-7300, so they can locate the otters’ whereabouts.
While everyone’s stuck at home due to ‘Circuit Breaker’ measures, perhaps now’s the best time for wildlife like otters to go roaming.
So, bask in all that sunlight and fresh air on our behalf, little ones.
Featured image adapted from Otter City on Facebook.