British man says ‘I thought I was going to die’ after OTTERS nailed him down and devastated him in Singapore park
- Graham George Spencer, in his 60s, was bitten by a family of otters while walking
- Received over 20 injuries to his legs, buttocks, and fingers in the November 30th incident
- He was pinned down and bitten by otters in Singapore’s Botanical Gardens at 6:40 a.m.
- His friend chased the animals away and they took refuge in a nearby visitor center
- Mr Spencer was being treated in hospital for injuries, he said, police are investigating
One British man has said he “believed he was going to die” after otters pinned him down and devastated him in a Singapore park.
Graham George Spencer, in his 60s, was attacked by a family of otters and bitten 26 times in 10 seconds in the legs, buttocks and fingers while walking through the Singapore Botanical Gardens.
He went to the hospital with more than 20 wounds, some of which had to be stitched, after the ordeal on November 30 at around 6:40 am.
Welfare groups have suggested that the otters, known locally as the “Zouk Family” (pictured in March), felt threatened by Mr Spencer, which led them to attack him
Mr Spencer, who owns a maid agency, said he was enjoying a morning stroll with a friend near the Taman Serasi park entrance when the attack took place.
The couple had seen about 20 otters cross the path about four meters in front of them – the first time, Mr Spencer said, he saw otters in the park, despite going there every morning for five months.
A man ahead of them walked around the otters, causing them to go “crazy” and pounce on Mr. Spencer. “I actually thought I was going to die – they were going to kill me,” he said.
Graham George Spencer, in his sixties, said he “think he was going to die” after otters pinned him down and ravaged him in a Singapore park
Mr. Spencer went to the hospital at around 6:40 am after the ordeal on November 30th with more than 20 wounds, some of which had to be stitched
His friend, who was about ’15 paces’ away, chased the otters away by running up to them screaming.
Mr. Spencer praised his friend’s actions and told the local media, “If it weren’t for my friend, I wouldn’t still be here, I’d be dead”.
The couple ran to a nearby visitor center for shelter, still pursued by the otters.
The staff treated some of Mr. Spencer’s wounds before taking him to the hospital, where he was given tetanus shots and oral antibiotics.
He had three consecutive appointments to treat his wounds, which cost about $ 1,200. Mr Spencer said the police are investigating the incident.
The attack on Mr Spencer was not the first time otters (not pictured, picture) attacked hikers in the Botanical Gardens – in May, a 77-year-old man was bitten while exercising near the Kallang River in Singapore
Animal welfare groups have suggested that the otters, known locally as the “Zouk family,” felt threatened by Mr. Spencer, which led them to attack him.
“Since it was early morning it may have been dark and confusing for the otters and [Spencer] may have simply been a victim of the circumstances, ”Bernard Seah, a member of OtterWatch, told the Straits Times.
It wasn’t the first time otters attacked hikers in the Botanical Gardens – in May, a 77-year-old man was bitten while exercising near the Kallang River in Singapore.
And in 2017, a five-year-old girl was bitten by an otter in Gardens by the Bay.
The city-state’s national park office has warned residents:“DO NOT touch, hunt, or corner the otters. Watch them from afar. If you get too close to the otters, they can frighten them. ‘
It is the second report of a wildlife attack in Singapore last week after a three-year-old was pecked in the face by a peacock on Sunday.