Some people hate the critters for eating their prized koi. Some have been frightened by the animal.
But others find them otter-ly cute.
For Stomper Vivetha, initial fear turned into... pleasantness.
She spotted a group of eight otters at the Khatib Bongsu Park Connector in Yishun on Monday morning (Nov 7) and took a video of them scurrying along the path.
The Stomper said it was the first time she saw them in the area, adding: "I felt scared at first, but it was pleasant looking at them walk as a family."
Here is what NParks says you should do when you encounter otters:
- DO NOT touch, chase or corner the otters. Observe them from a distance. Going too close to the otters may frighten them.
- DO NOT talk loudly and do not use flash photography. Noise and light may scare and provoke the otters.
- DO NOT feed the otters. The otters have their own food in the environment and their natural eating habits keep the ecosystem healthy.
- DO NOT litter or leave sharp objects in the water. Clean and safe waterways filled with fish and aquatic life make good habitats for the otters to frolic and feed in.
- DO keep your dog on a tight leash. Your dog might chase the otters and frighten them, and keeping your dog on a tight leash will help to keep it safe.