Brahman bull an inhabitant on the island
Rejoice, nature lovers. There’s a new nature playground in town, and it has already been occupied by a bull.
On Saturday (10 Oct), National Parks (NParks) announced that the new Coney Island Park is now open to public.
Coney Island what?
You’ll be forgiven if you think of its New York namesake, but Coney Island Park is nothing like its US counterpart.
The 50-hectare park, also known as Pulau Serangoon, is located off Singapore’s North East coast. It is known for its natural, rustic charm, and boasts a wide variety of biodiversity, including mangroves, grasslands and coastal forests. Also rare flora and fauna such as the black-crowned night heron and the nationally endangered spotted wood owl can be spotted.
If you’re lucky enough, you might even meet Coney Island’s resident bull.
Moo, meet Coney Island’s resident bull
Coordinating Minister for Infrastructure Khaw Boon Wan officiated the park’s opening on Saturday (10 Oct) morning. He later took to Facebook to share the discovery of a Brahman bull:
If you see a Brahman bull when you visit Coney Island Park (which I opened just now), do not be alarmed. We found it…
When developing the park, the bull was found in a weak and undernourished state. It has since been nursed back to health and undergoes regular checkups every six months.
How it got there remains a mystery, though this is what NParks speculated:
For the curious, this is what the bull looks like.
My Facebook post on Coney Island Park yesterday attracted a few queries on Brahman bull. This is how it looks:
Yep, cute as it might look, do not take selfies with the cow. As Khaw Boon Wan puts it, respect the cow’s privacy. Moo.
NParks also has some advice for the public:
Basically, just leave the poor cow (bull) alone.
Environmental initiatives implemented to maintain rustic character
According to NParks, Coney Island Park is built on the principles of environmental sustainability, with the aim to preserve and enhance the variety of habitats. For one, water supply harvested from rainwater is collected for flushing toilets, and diffused sunlight light the indoor areas. Nest boxes are also in place for migratory birds.
Most of the park’s benches, signboards, and boardwalks are made from the timbre of uprooted Casuarina trees.
There are five beaches on the island, all of which intentionally left uncleared to retain its rustic charm and for greenery to thrive in its natural environment.
How to enter the island
There are two bridges that connect its western and eastern ends. Visitors can either enter the island through the East entrance by Pasir Ris Industrial Drive 6 or the West entrance at Punggol Promenade.
According to Cheekie Monkies, the West entrance is more accessible.
Park at Punggol Settlement and walk about 500m east along the Punggol Promenade Nature Walk to get to the entrance. If you are travelling by bus, take bus 84 from Punggol interchange to Punggol Point Park/Punggol Settlement.
Coney Island Park is open from from 7am to 7pm daily, so remember to make your exit in time!
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