Last Updated on July 27, 2023 by Fumipets
Pet Koi Tragedy: Otters Devastate Bukit Purmei Resident’s 10-Month Effort
Heartbreaking Loss of 7 Beloved Koi Fish
In a heart-wrenching incident that left a 61-year-old Bukit Purmei resident devastated, a family of otters wreaked havoc on his cherished pet koi fish over just two days. The man, who had been rearing the koi for ten months as part of his recovery from a stroke, was left shattered by the sudden loss.
The Unfortunate Encounter
It all unfolded when the man was away having dinner at a nearby coffee shop on July 23. His neighbors urgently alerted him that a family of otters had invaded his home, including the fish tank where his beloved koi swam.
A Tragic Scene
The otters feasted on six of the fish in the tank, while the man was still away. When he returned, he was greeted with the distressing sight of the otters inside the fish tank. A video captured the heartbreaking moment as the otters playfully frolicked around, devouring the fish.
Thinking the ordeal was over, the man attempted to care for the last remaining koi the following morning. But his hopes were dashed when two adult otters returned to claim their final prey. The man helplessly witnessed the last koi meet the same fate as the others.
A Pity to Lose Months of Pet-Rearing Efforts
Having dedicated ten months of his life to nurturing and caring for the koi, the man expressed deep sorrow over their untimely demise. The loss of his beloved pets in just two days left him heartbroken and in disbelief.
Interconnected Waterways: A Cause for Concern
The incident raised questions about the movement of otters through interconnected waterways in the area. As otters search for territory and food, they sometimes end up in residential areas, where pet fish in outdoor tanks become easy targets.
Protecting Pets from Otter Encounters
To safeguard pets from similar encounters, residents are encouraged to set up exclusionary measures, such as securing gates and fences with mesh. For fish ponds or tanks, netting or panels can be used to prevent otters from reaching the fish.
Respect Nature’s Balance
While the presence of otters may be transient when natural food sources are available, residents are advised to avoid direct contact, loud noises, and feeding them. Keeping a safe and clean environment helps maintain the balance of the ecosystem.
The tragic incident serves as a reminder of the delicate balance between humans and wildlife and the importance of coexisting harmoniously.
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