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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  • Lutra sumatrana fresh road kill, possible female ca. 1.2 m length, on road Tanjung Malim-Sungei Besar, 5th January 2005.
  • Close-up of head region of Lutra sumatrana fresh road kill, possible female ca. 1.2 m length, on road Tanjung Malim-Sungei Besar, 5th January 2005.

A Roadkill Record of a Hairy-Nosed Otter (Lutra sumatrana) from Selangor, Peninsular Malaysia

Abstract A fresh Hairy-nosed Otter roadkill was encountered along the Tanjung Malim-Sungei Besar Road in northern Selangor (Malaysia) in 2005. This appears to be the first fresh record of this elusive species from Selangor since 1929.

Source: IUCN/SCC Otter Specialist Group Bulletin


Some sad news. Around 11.30 pm, we were informed of a beautiful otter being run over. It was so sad to see this pregnant female die. We will give the carcass to the Museum department soon. Please drive carefully Brunei. This was in Bandar, near the Old Bolkiah cinema. It had a friend which was clearly upset and traumatised. Thanks Keeran Janin for informing us and trying to scare the other otter to the river.

Source: 1Stop Brunei Wildlife Facebook

Based on the size of the animal, it’s possible that this was an Asian Small-clawed Otter (Aonyx cinerea).

ROAD KILLS! Cautious driving Brunei! Cautious Driving!

Very unsightly Brunei! This is very disturbing and disappointing news to share.

Road kills are one of the main causes of wildlife deaths in addition to habitat loss, poaching etc. It may be unavoidable if the animal had ran across unexpectedly, but with a little caution while driving, we could have spared the animal.

This unsightly picture of the otter was taken by one of our members along the Sungai Liang highway today. Don’t speed, drive safe. All of us can make a difference.

Source: BruWILD: Brunei Natural History Society Facebook, via 1StopBrunei Wildlife Facebook

Meryl Theng has identified this roadkill as a rare Hairy-nosed Otter (Lutra sumatrana), based on the white throat patch and the absence of a lighter underside, which are characteristic of the other Otter species present in Borneo – the Smooth-coated Otter (Lutrogale perspicillata) and Asian Small-clawed Otter (Aonyx cinereus).

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