I had the rare but sad privilege of transporting the body of Singapore’s first known record of the White-tailed Tropicbird (Phaethon lepturus) from the Bird Park, where the exhausted bird spent its final days under the expert care of their vets, to the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum’s Cryo Collection, where it will eventually be skinned and preserved for scientific research. We have just taken a chunk of breast muscle tissue from the bird for DNA work, which is why you can see that bird has a massive chest wound.

The yellow wash of this bird’s plumage suggests that it belongs to the fulvus subspecies, which is known to breed only on Christmas Island.

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This White-tailed Tropicbird had been found in Tuas, and rescued by the Animal Concerns Research and Education Society (ACRES).

Road kills are always heart breaking – whether the animal is a little toad or a macaque. In this case, the Red-eared Slider (Trachemys scripta elegans) was found dead, after being run over by a vehicle just in our own area. Like we mentioned before, we always move road kills to the roadside to prevent secondary road kill. But what makes this worse is the fact that these Red-eared Sliders are imported in thousands every year to meet the demand for the “legal” pet trade. However, most who buy them often are not aware of their housing/dietary needs, lifespan and maximum size, resulting in abandonment or release into unsuitable environment. Most sliders who are released sadly end up as road kills.

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Here at ACRES, rescuing an animal isnt about rescuing as many animals as we can so that we feel good at the end of the day. It isnt about bailing as many animals out from the shelter or releasing an animal trap in a cage. It isnt about preaching to the already converted. It is about countering the root of the problem and bringing in change.

This afternoon, this very young female macaque died on my lap while I was driving to the vet. She was knocked down by a car at Singapore Island Country Club. And she still had food in her cheek pouch. The injuries sustained were too massive for her small body to take.

Macaques have the capacity to project emotions, even in death. And a lot of these emotions are not captured and shared with the general public. Misconception leads to reactive steps which have failed terribly till today.

Amending the road traffic act may take years or it may never happen. I’ve picked up one too many macaque carcasses and as depressing and disturbing it can be, I do know that wildlife road collision is unavoidable. Some will lose their lives but we have to keep on reminding ourselves of the many others still alive. Being emotional won’t solve anything. But staying focused and tackling the ways to solve the many challenges our native wildlife face is the right way forward. I hope this be a reminder to the many gracious souls on the front line trying their best to create change in animal advocacy and animal protection.

RIP.

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When we are out on the roads, we do come across these road kills – in this case, a Striped Kukri Snake (Oligodon octolineatus) run over on a small road. It is rather hard for a motorist to spot a small snake. But for animals who can be easily spotted, please watch your speed on the roads. Not only for their lives which are at stake, but for your own safety as well.

Another little favour you can do for the animals is this: When you come across such small road kills, please help to remove the dead animal to the roadside to prevent secondary road kills of birds or scavengers who may feed on the dead animal. Kindly do it safely: Please park the vehicle in a proper space, and use a stick/twig/plastic bag to move the carcass away from the roads.

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He was hit by a truck this afternoon. He staggered himself to the side of the road. That 20 minutes drive from Lower Peirce to ARVC was heart-breaking as i heard him gasping from the back of the rescue vehicle. He was fighting for his life as the vets tried their best to pull him back to life. He was a beautiful adult male Long-tailed Macaque (Macaca fascicularis) but he lost his life not due to old age or illnesses but due to a reckless driver.

Time waits for no one and every minute lives are lost. In the midst of emergency, I fell while climbing up to the second storey of the clinic while still carrying him. As my uniform was stained by his blood, I scanned the severity of the injuries on his body. As much as I wished he could be saved, I do realise that there are still many more lives at risk and waiting for our help. To you this may just be one story but to us, it is a story that speaks volumes and represents all lives.

Our 24 hour wildlife rescue efforts require a lot of commitment and dedication. And every rescue officer at ACRES: Animal Concerns Research and Education Society (Singapore) has their own story of struggle to share. It is a choice that they make – to rise above their average life to protect and advocate for our own native wildlife. But we are in urgent need for funds to run this rescue operations – right from rescue van fuel, rescue equipments, medications, food and operations for rescue animals.

Guide the animals back to safety by making a contribution to this cause as I, along with my team of runners, unite to fund raise for the animals at the Standard Chartered Marathon this 7 December. Do help to share and spread the word. Thank you very much.

GIVEasia: Miles for Singapore’s Wildlife

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On Halloween night, we have to say that one the scariest things for our officers (and the animals) is to find an animal stuck on glue. Thankfully, Abracadabra, the Feral Pigeon (Columba livia) was released following a couple of cleaning sessions. But Carmen, the Javan Myna (Acridotheres javanicus) rescued today, has gotten very badly stuck to the glue, and we hope that Carmen pulls through this.

Please, please help to spread the word not to use glue boards/traps for any animals

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Our heartfelt thanks to a school in Tampines, for getting help for the stranded and lost Black Bitterns (Ixobrychus flavicollis). Unfortunately one of them had passed away before we arrived but the other survived for immediate release.

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