Potong Pasir residents were treated with a delightful sight when a family of otters turned up at their estate and performed a “sand bath” right in front of their eyes.
This video of otters sand-bathing was taken by “Fast Snail” on the evening of 26 October 2015 at Potong Pasir.
The otter is a threatened native species that is found in both marine and freshwater habitats. It typically thrives around mangroves, river mouths and natural shorelines.
Singapore is home to both the smooth-coated and small-clawed otters, with the former spotted at places like the Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park, Punggol Waterfront and Sungei Buloh more regularly over the last few years.
The small-clawed otters are less common here but can be found in areas such as Pulau Tekong and Pulau Ubin.
Members of the public are advised to keep their distance when they spot wild otters so as not to provoke them.