On May 12, Ch 8 actress-turned-entrepreneur Jazreel Low shared grim news on her Facebook page. Otters had killed all her pet fish in the Aramsa The Garden Spa, a holistic spa she owns in the Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park. Among the “over 100” fishes that were eaten by the otters were a 13-year-old arrowana named Ah Huat, as well as with a large number of koi that lived in the three ponds located within her spa compound for over a decade.
This is not the first time that otters, whose numbers in Singapore have grown over the years, have made the news for feasting on expensive pet fish. But as heartbroken as Jazreel is, she tells 8days.sg that she feels a need to let everyone know that culling the otters is not the answer.
“The spa has been closed since early April because of the circuit breaker measures,” the 54-year-old tells us over the phone. “Even before this, we’ve had otters coming to our spa, but it would usually just be one or two of them. They would just take one fish and run away. We used to think that it wasn’t a big deal as they would usually pick up a cichlid, which we had a lot of.”