PM Lee's 'silent watcher' visits him at Istana again for the 3rd time in 5 years

A barn owl has visited Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the Istana for the third time.

PM Lee posted a photo on Facebook that showed the cute creature nestling in the overhang along the Istana's exterior and wrote: "#guesswhoo's back?"

He added: "Quite an easy one, if you’ve been a long-time follower of my Facebook Page!

"The Istana appears to be a regular stopover for owls, with latest one dropping by after visits in 2015 and 2013. (It is rather curious why they only visit every two years!)

"True to their reputed wisdom, they seem to have learnt not to fly into the Istana building (and then need help from Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore and Jurong Bird Park to extricate themselves).

"Our latest visitor was quite content to perch itself on the overhang that runs along the exterior of the Istana, keeping a silent watch over the main entrance."

A barn owl had also made previous appearances at the Istana, in PM Lee's Sri Temasek office, in 2013 and 2015, and it is possible that this one is the same bird.