A Roadkill Record of a Hairy-Nosed Otter from Selangor, Peninsular Malaysia

Dr Tan Heok Hui from the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum documented a roadkill of a hairy-nosed otter (Lutra sumatrana)

Unlike some of the more commonly encountered species of otters, the hairy-nosed otter is an elusive and rarely encountered animal throughout its native range in Southeast Asia.

The dead otter was a female 1.2m in length and its location was less than four meters away from the nearest water source, a black water creek running parallel to the road. the dampness of its coat of fur probably suggests that the otter met its end right after it left the creek and onto the road.

This record was recently published in the IUCN/SCC Otter Specialist Group Bulletin and you can read more about the article here!

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