A photo of the rarely seen Slow Loris (Nycticeus coucang) taken from secondary forest along Old Upper Thomson Road during a biodiversity survey in September 2015. I have seen only twice before in Sabah and Panti but this is the first time I have seen one in Singapore. Unfortunately, it doesn’t count as a Singapore tick as this individual was already dead, probably electrocuted by the old power line.
Myna strangled by fishing line at Lower Peirce
By Derek Liew, 22nd December 2014;
“I was taking a walk at Lower Peirce this morning when I encountered a myna strangled by a fishing line hanging on a Birdnest Fern (Asplenium nidus) growing on the branch of a Rain Tree (Samanea saman) at the car park.
“The myna was removed by a long pruner and we found there was a fishing line tied around its neck.“
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.
Sunda Pangolin (Manis javanica) carcass at Upper Thomson Road
Location, date and time: Singapore Island, Upper Thomson Road near Casuarina Road junction; 12 January 2010; 0130 hrs.
Observation: A fresh carcass was found lying on its left side in the middle of the road. At about 60 cm in total length, this individual appears to be a juvenile. It seemed to have sustained injuries to its hindquarters which probably caused severe internal bleeding
Remarks: The dead pangolin was most likely hit by a motor vehicle when it was crossing the road. Sunda Pangolins frequent forest, scrub and rural habitats. Although locally widespread, they are seldom seen. Pangolins suffer from habitat loss and their meat is in high demand. Due to their wandering nature and clumsy gait, they are prone to becoming roadkill when crossing highways. The Sunda Pangolin is regarded as ‘Critically Endangered’ in Singapore (Lim et al., 2008: 191).
Lim, K. K. P., R. Subaraj, S. H. Yeo, N. Lim, D. Lane & B. Y. H. Lee, 2008. Mammals. In: Davison, G. W. H., P. K. L. Ng & H. C. Ho. The Singapore Red Data Book. Threatened Plants & Animals of Singapore. Nature Society (Singapore). pp. 190-207.