Otter Went Missing, But Is Reunited With Bishan Pack, Has Habit Of Going Off On Her Own
However, just like in Singapore’s Cabinet reshuffle, our favourite otter romp seemed to have conducted a reshuffle of its members as well — i.e, one seemed to be missing.
This was noticed last week by local otter watch group Omni Channel.
A tip on White Tip
The lost otter was identified as White Tip, fondly called because of the white band around her tail tip.
As if that wasn’t enough to distinguish her, she also has no ear on the right side of her head.
Missing in Bishan
White Tip was last seen at Lower Peirce and Bishan Park with the rest of the “Bishan 12”.
When the otter family pack came back to the Marina area over the weekend, it was noticed by many veteran Otterers that there were only 11 in the pack.
White Tip was then declared missing.
Finding White Tip
The Otter channel also observed that the Bishan romp returned to Bishan on Monday (27 Jul) from the Marina Reservoir.
Pointing out that the gang wouldn’t usually go back to Bishan so soon after venturing to the Marina area, it was surmised that the family knew they were down a unit, and went back to Bishan early to find their missing girl.
White Tip was very soon reunited with her family of 12 and escorted back this morning (28 Jul).
It was also noted that the misadventure-prone girl had injured her hind leg. However that doesn’t seem to be stopping her from catching her own meal.
Not the first time she went missing
While the reconciliation is something worth heaving a sigh of relief for, the Bishan 12 know that the young one has a propensity for going off on her own.
In the past year, there were instances where White Tip went missing, only to be reconciled with the pack in no time.
Last year in July, another otter watch channel Ottercity spotted White Tip all by herself in Defu, cutting a lonely figure among busy roads and industrial traffic.
She even slept in front of a rubbish dump at one point.
No one else takes going off the beaten path as literally as this one does.
As S’poreans expressed their relief that White Tip had been found — once again — we wonder when is the next time this little one is going to embark on her own solo adventure, and have to be brought back to the rest of her gang.
A girl with her own mind
Perhaps White Tip goes on private excursions in an attempt to carve her own independence away from the family.
As long as she returns to her family once in a while and doesn’t get badly injured, we think she should continue to enjoy life her own way.
After all, who doesn’t like a notorious young lady with a mind of her own?