Smooth-coated Otter (Lutrogale perspicillata)
Kranji, 28th January 2015

This carcass of a Smooth-coated Otter was found by Bari Mohamed, and subsequently sent to the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum. It’s not known what could have caused its death, but given that an Otter had allegedly been seen limping across the road in front of several vehicles a day before this carcass was found, and that the carcass was found along a road, it’s possible that it had been hit by a vehicle and died from internal injuries.

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This carcass of an adult male was found along Kranji Dam last Sunday (25 Jan) thanks to a member of the public. His cause of death is still unknown and we await an autopsy to find out.

It is sad, but in his death, we obtain valuable information such as physical measurements, DNA and gut contents for diet analysis among many other things.

If you have seen any animal carcasses, please contact the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum at +65 6516 5082, or contact this page with information on the species, exact location and condition of animal.

Thanks to Ivan Kwan and his colleagues for the retrieval and delivery of the carcass!

(Photos by Foo Maosheng)

Source: OtterWatch