Young monkey found dead in cage in Lentor

A juvenile Long-tailed Macaque found dead in a large cage in Lentor on May 17, 2018. Photo: ST Reader

By Audrey Tan
17th May 2018;

A young monkey was found dead near private houses in Lentor on Thursday morning (May 17), the latest in a string of cases involving human-wildlife conflict.

The Long-tailed Macaque (Macaca fascicularis) was found lying in a large makeshift cage by a resident of the area, who then contacted wildlife rescue group Animal Concerns Research and Education Society (Acres).

“We arrived at about 9.15am to find a young Long-tailed Macaque dead with ants on her face,” said Acres deputy chief executive Anbarasi Boopal.

The cause of death was not immediately clear.

But the incident has raised questions over the processes involved in dealing with animals considered a nuisance to humans.

One issue, for example, is how often contractors check traps for ensnared animals, so that an animal does not suffer too long in the cage.

Mr Louis Ng, Acres chief executive and MP for Nee Soon GRC said: “The monkey should not have died this way and the contractor who trapped the monkey should be investigated thoroughly and brought to task.”

The Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) said it is investigating the case. “We have suspended the contractor while investigations are ongoing,” said the AVA spokesman.

She added that the agency would not hesitate to take strong enforcement action against the contractor if it finds any wrongdoing.

The area where the incident occured is located next to a construction site where a secondary forest used to exist. Works are underway to build private housing in the area.

To save the animals that once lived in the forest, the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) in 2016 embarked on a novel wildlife management plan. This involves gradually clearing the land so that animals are herded to nearby green areas, such as the Central Catchment Nature Reserve.

The AVA said it has received feedback from residents and the Neighbourhood Committee at Munshi Abdullah Walk area about a troop of monkeys in the neighbourhood.

Residents had expressed concerns over public safety, said the spokesman.

“AVA conducted surveillance and assessed that the monkeys pose a public safety threat. As such, AVA activated our contractor to conduct trapping operations in the area,” said the AVA.

Ms Boopal said removal should not be the first solution, if the surrounding areas remain suitable habitats for macaques. She urged residents to learn to coexist with wildlife.

“This could be done, for instance, by not feeding the animals or leaving food out, providing less of an incentive for macaques to be around”.

Source: The Straits Times

Wild Boar killed, 3 people sent to hospital after 3-vehicle accident along Lentor Avenue
By Cherlynn Ng, 29th September 2017;

A Wild Boar (Sus scrofa vittatus) was killed and three people were injured following an accident along Lentor Avenue towards Yishun Avenue 2 early this morning (Sep 29).

In response to media queries by Stomp, police said they were alerted to an accident involving two cars, a van and a Wild Boar at 6.59am.

Three people aged between 17 and 53 years old were conscious when conveyed to Khoo Teck Puat Hospital.

Stomp understands that a car had hit the Wild Boar and then left the accident site.

A second car that was right behind the first vehicle had braked upon seeing the animal on the road. A van then collided with the second car.

Stomper Armando was at the scene and said the accident resulted in a traffic jam, especially for vehicles that were coming from Seletar Expressway (SLE).

He added: “The Wild Boar is believed to have come from the lush vegetation/forest on one side of the road.

"One vehicle sustained a severely damaged hood while the other vehicle had its rear wrecked.

"The police and paramedics arrived shortly and assisted three people with minor injuries.

"There were no other casualties except for the pig, which died on the spot.”

Police investigations are ongoing.

Stomp has reached out to the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) for comment.

Source: STOMP

Second accident caused by Wild Boar in 2 days – 3 taken to hospital after Lentor Avenue crash

By Fabian Koh, 29th September 2017;

Three people were taken to hospital after they were involved in an accident caused by a Wild Boar (Sus scrofa vittatus) along Lentor Avenue on Friday (Sept 29) morning, in the second accident involving a Wild Boar in two days.

The police were alerted at 6.59am to the accident involving two cars, a van and the Wild Boar on Lentor Avenue, in the direction of Yishun.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force took three people to Khoo Teck Puat Hospital conscious.

They were aged between 17 and 53, according to the police.

Police investigations are ongoing.

In a photo sent by reader Jason Soon, a car with its rear badly damaged was facing sideways in the leftmost lane of the road.

The Wild Boar can be seen lying motionless beside it. It is not clear if the animal was killed.

This is the second time a Wild Boar has caused a road accident in two days.

On Thursday (Sept 28) morning, the sudden appearance of a Wild Boar on the Ayer Rajah Expressway (AYE) after the Tuas Checkpoint caused a traffic accident that sent two people on a motorcycle to hospital, and left the animal dead.

Source: The Straits Times

Second accident caused by Wild Boar in 2 days – 3 taken to hospital after Lentor Avenue crash

Three people were injured in the accident involving a wild boar along Lentor Avenue.
Photo: Jason Soon

3 injured in accident involving wild boar at Lentor Avenue
29th September 2017;

Three people were injured after a car accident involving a Wild Boar (Sus scrofa vittatus) at Lentor Avenue on Friday morning (Sep 29).

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said it was alerted to the incident along Lentor Avenue at 7am. Three people were conscious when they were taken to Khoo Teck Puat Hospital, SCDF added.

This is the second traffic incident involving Wild Boars in two days on Singapore roads, after one turned up on the Ayer Rajah Expressway on Thursday morning. A motorcyclist and his pillion were hurt in that accident.

For Friday’s accident, a picture posted by a Facebook user Jason Soon showed a damaged black car adjacent to the Wild Boar, which was seen lying on the floor motionless.

According to police, the 40-year-old car driver and his 17-year-old passenger were injured in the accident. A 53-year-old van driver had collided with the car, and he too was hurt.

Channel NewsAsia understands that all three suffered minor back pain.

Source: Channel NewsAsia

  • The boar had dashed out into the middle of the road, and the driver could not stop in time.
  • While the animal’s leg was broken from the impact, the driver was not hurt.

Photos: Lianhe Wanbao

Large Wild Boar hit by car near Lentor Avenue, driver reportedly unhurt
By Lydia Lam, 24th April 2017;

A large Wild Boar (Sus scrofa vittatus) said to weigh up to 100kg was killed after being hit by a car near Lentor Avenue on Sunday night (April 23).

While the animal’s leg was broken from the impact, the driver was not hurt, Lianhe Wanbao said in a report on Monday.

The incident happened at a road near Lentor Avenue, towards Ang Mo Kio Avenue 6, at about 8pm.

Wanbao reported that the boar had dashed out into the middle of the road, and the driver could not stop in time.

When Wanbao visited the scene, the driver had already left. A reader told the Chinese newspaper that he had not been injured.

Mr Kalai Vanan, deputy chief executive officer of Animal Concerns Research & Education Society (Acres), told The Straits Times that the group did not receive a call about this case.

“It is unfortunate that the Wild Boar sustained injuries and died,” he said. “They can be found in this area due to the close proximity to nearby nature areas like Lentor and Seletar.”

According to the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority’s (AVA’s) website, Wild Boars are “unpredictable animals and can be dangerous”.

“Due to their solid body build, Wild Boars are considered to be particularly dangerous when involved in car accidents,” said the advisory.

Mr Kalai said he advised the public to be alert when driving on roads where there are adjacent nature areas, and to look out for wild animals that may be crossing.

“In the event of an accident, please call us at 9783-7782,” he said. “Do not approach the animal as they may be severely injured and defensive. If possible and safe, help to divert traffic and call the relevant authorities for help.”

Last November, a motorcyclist was hospitalised after colliding with a Wild Boar on the Bukit Timah Expressway at night.

In April last year, another motorcyclist fractured his shoulder after running into a Wild Boar in the evening along the Seletar Expressway.

Here is what to do if you encounter a Wild Boar, according to an advisory by AVA, the National Parks Board and Wildlife Reserves Singapore.

  • Be calm and move slowly away from the animal. Do not approach or attempt to feed the animal.
  • Keep a safe distance and do not corner or provoke the animal i.e. by using flash while taking pictures.
  • If you see adults with young piglets, leave them alone. These are potentially more dangerous because they may attempt to defend their young.

Source: The Straits Times

Stomper Mitch came across the carcasses of more than 10 bats in Lentor Avenue this morning (Jun 2).

He wonders what could be the cause of the deaths.

Said the Stomper:

“I found bats’ dead bodies scattered on the grass, pavement and road on Lentor Avenue this morning, 2 June.

"In total, there were more than 10 of them. I posted a few photos here. It looks like they have been dead for a day or two.

"What could be the cause of this? Pesticide or some other reason?”

Source: STOMP

These appear to be Asiatic Lesser Yellow House Bats (Scotophilus kuhlii). One possibility is that a bat roost in the area was cleared out by people using methods that proved to be lethal in the end.

Photos: Twitter / @_MAYBMR, @STANBERRYYY

Motorcyclist runs over Wild Boar in SLE crash
Motorcyclist thrown several metres in collision with Wild Boar on expressway
By Marian Govin, 23rd April 2016;

He was riding his motorcycle home after work when he crashed into something that sent him sprawling onto the hard tarmac of the Seletar Expressway (SLE).

When he turned around, he was surprised to see that he had run over a Wild Boar (Sus scrofa vittatus).

The 49-year-old senior manager, who wanted to be known only as Mr Krishnan, was on the SLE, heading towards the Bukit Timah Expressway (BKE) before Upper Thomson Road, when the accident happened at about 8.30pm on Thursday.

Mr Krishnan told Shin Min Daily News that his view of the sides of the road had been partially blocked before he ran over the Boar.

The animal was killed in the incident.

“There were cars on my left and right side and they blocked my line of sight,” Mr Krishnan, who suffered minor injuries, told the Chinese daily.

“As the cars drove past, an animal suddenly jumped out and before I could take a proper look, I was flung two to three metres off my bike.

"I only knew it was a Wild Boar after I turned around.”

Traffic police helped to move the carcass onto the road shoulder and contacted the National Environment Agency (NEA) to clear it.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) told The New Paper it received a call about the incident at 8.30pm.

It said Mr Krishnan was sent to Khoo Teck Puat Hospital, where he was treated for abrasions and pain in his right shoulder.

The area where the accident happened is known to have a growing population ofWild Boars.

About 80 Wild Boars were culled by the National Parks Board in the Lower Peirce area between 2012 and 2014 to improve public safety and to reduce the animals’ damage to the vegetation.

Wild Boars are not the only animals that get killed crossing roads.

In the past year alone, the Animal Concerns Research and Education Society (ACRES) has received eight calls about Monkeys (Long-tailed Macaques) (Macaca fascicularis) being involved in accidents.

Six of the Monkeys died, while the remaining two were treated and released back into the wild.

Mr Ben Lee, 54, the founder of Nature Trekker, said: “Animals like Boars and Pangolins (Manis javanica) are rare in Singapore, so they are ‘special’ and tend to get a lot of attention when it comes to road kill.”

Source: The New Paper

Based on the location, it’s likely that the Wild Boar had been trying to move between the small forest patches that remain along some stretches of the Seletar Expressway; signs of Wild Boar presence have been documented within the (shrinking) forest patches of Tagore and Lentor, located south of the expressway, and Springleaf on the north.