Otter carnage! British man chased and pinned in park attack – ‘Thought I was going to die

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Graham George Spencer said he was bitten “26 times in 10 seconds” by a pack of the cantankerous carnivores. The incident occurred while he was going for an early morning walk in Singapore’s botanic gardens.

The British man, who lives in the island nation, told the Straits Times he was approaching the entrance to the park on November 30 when around twenty otters crossed his path.

After another man ran towards the pack, he said, they “went crazy”.

Mr Spencer told the paper: “All of a sudden, they must have thought I was [the runner].”

He said during the attack, the animals bit his ankles, legs and bum.

The British citizen, who lives in the island nation, told the Straits Times he was approaching the entrance to the park on November 30 when around twenty otters crossed his path.
After another man ran towards the pack, he said, they “went crazy”.
Mr Spencer told the paper: “All of a sudden, they must have thought I was [the runner].”
He said during the attack, the animals bit his ankles, legs and bum.
He commented: “I actually thought I was going to die – they were going to kill me.”
Mr Spencer’s friend ran up screaming in an attempt to scare the otters away. The two were chased by the animals for a short distance before the attack abated.

He commented: “I actually thought I was going to die – they were going to kill me.”

Mr Spencer’s friend ran up screaming in an attempt to scare the otters away. The two were chased by the animals for a short distance before the attack abated.

The two ran towards a visitor centre, where staff were able to provide bandages.

He then headed to nearby Gleneagles Hospital with his friend.

There, he was reportedly given tetanus shots and oral antibiotics. Some of the wounds required stitches.

He has since returned to the hospital three times to have his wounds treated, he said, costing him about $1,200 (£665) in medical bills.

Mr Spencer said that after speaking to the Botanic Gardens, he was told they were investigating the incident.

He said he wants measures to be imposed to prevent a similar attack.

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“You got to keep the public away from [the otters] because this will happen again.”

Mr Spencer said he had previously made Christmas plans with family in Britain, but is now uncertain whether he is well enough to travel.

Dr Tan Puay Yok, group director of the Singapore Botanic Gardens, told the Straits Times that otter bites in the gardens were rare.

He said visitors should avoid getting near the animals, especially “when there are pups as the adults can be protective over their young”.

He added: “The Singapore Botanic Gardens’ volunteers and staff monitor the movements of the otters and educate the public on the importance of observing them from a distance and not interacting with them.”

Other otter attacks have reportedly occurred in Singapore, including in the park.

Bernard Seah, a member of the Otter Working Group, said: “In my years of documenting otters’ behaviours, I have never heard of such an aggressive attack.”

Mr Seah said otters “cannot differentiate between a person trying to take a photograph of them and someone trying to attack them. So it is always best to keep a distance”.

Singapore’s national parks board issued an advisory notice on what to do during an encounter with an otter.

It cautions: “do not touch, chase or corner them. Observe them from a distance. Going too close to the otters may frighten them.”

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