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Sagor Catfish (Hexanematichthys sagor)
Yishun Dam, 26th October 2013

These photographs of a Sagor Catfish were shared by ‘Nikita Hengbok’.

Turtle found in Yishun with fish hook in its mouth, dies from wound

The Turtle succumbed to its injuries after it was found by a passer-by in Yishun Avenue 1.

Lydia Lam, 6th January 2018;

A Turtle that was found in Yishun with a fish hook in its mouth was taken to the Animal Concerns Research and Education Society (Acres) to be treated, but it died that same day.

Acres highlighted the incident, which happened on Dec 22, in a Facebook post on Friday (Jan 5).

Acres deputy chief executive Anbarasi Boopal told The Straits Times on Saturday that a passer-by had found the turtle in Yishun Avenue 1 in the wee hours of Dec 22.

“The call came in at 2am. The caller said there was a nail sticking out of its mouth, and we realised it was a fish hook. It was taken to Acres and our vet removed the hook, however, the Turtle died that same evening,” she said.

The turtle was an Asiatic Soft-shelled Turtle (Amyda cartilaginea), native to Singapore. They live in freshwater streams, rivers or in reservoirs. However, it is unclear where this particular turtle came from.

“There are a few possibilities. It could be a native turtle from nearby Seletar Reservoir, or it could have been a released or abandoned turtle,” said Ms Boopal. “People think they are doing good by releasing them into the sea or a water body, but they might die as they are just suddenly left in an unfamiliar environment.”

Ms Boopal said the animal rescue group “increasingly sees a lot of wildlife affected by fish hooks, like Monitor Lizards, Snakes and a lot of Turtles”.

“We have rescued quite a few Red-eared Terrapins (Trachemys scripta elegans) with fish hooks in their mouths, even Box Turtles (Cuora amboinensis),” she said.

She advised members of the public who come across wounded Turtles or animals to call Acres at its hotline 9783-7782.

Callers should provide photos if possible and seek advice on what further actions to take. Some Turtles may bite, particularly if in pain.

Source: The Straits Times



Imagine the worst sore throat you ever endured, or a large fish bone stuck in your throat. Poor Monsty barely endured the fishing hook wedged in her mouth, and it must have painful and excruciatingly uncomfortable for her. Sadly, she succumbed to her injuries.

The Asiatic Soft-shelled Turtles (Amyda cartilaginea) are a native species, but Singapore also imports several thousands of wild-caught Asiatic Soft-shelled Turtles annually for turtle soup.

You can help wild animals by not buying them from markets or contributing to mercy releases, because it only fuels the demand for the species. Help dispose fishing lines, nets and hooks that may be littered around our environment.

Source: Animal Concerns Research and Education Society (Singapore) (ACRES) Facebook

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

Sailfin Armoured Catfish (Pterygoplichthys sp.)
Lower Seletar Reservoir, 30th June 2016

Several species of Sailfin Catfishes (Pterygoplichthys spp.) have been introduced to various parts of the world, probably due to the release and abandonment of aquarium pets.

Three similar-looking species of Sailfin Armoured Catfish are believed to have feral populations in Singapore:

Amazon Sailfin Catfish (Pterygoplichthys pardalis)

Vermiculated Sailfin Catfish (Pterygoplichthys disjunctivus)

Spotted Sailfin Catfish (Pterygoplichthys joselimaianus)

  • 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

Greater Banded Hornet (Vespa tropica)
Lower Seletar Reservoir, 23rd October 2016

African Flame Snail (Limicolaria flammea)
Lower Seletar Reservoir, 12th September 2016