Family of busybody otters watching monitor lizards fight perfectly captures everyday life

Imagine you’re driving on the road.

Traffic is unbelievably long for the hour and you’re wondering why there’s such a long line. As you inch closer to the front of the line, you start to see clearer roads ahead.

And you also see the reason why all the cars have been slowing down.

There’s been an accident on the road. Every other driver had been curious and slowed down their car in order to risk a peek at what’s going on.

Well, if this human behavior exasperates you, I’m sorry to report that animals may be no different.

A family of otters were recently spotted in Singapore enjoying a fight between two monitor lizards.

One of them even brought a little snack as their popcorn for the “movie.”

In case you don’t know, Singapore has a thriving otter population.

The island-state’s waters have a distinct lack of predators, while the city’s urban scape making it an ideal habitat for otter families in the area.

According to National Geographic, there are roughly 90 otters that are part of 10 otter families recognizable to the general Singapore public.

So it’s no surprise that these creatures often get up to shenanigans around the city.

IMAGE: The Straits Times

Birdwatcher Vincent Yip was out about town catching amazing sights of birds with his friends when something caught his eye.

Two monitor lizards were duking it out on the river banks. The cause of the fight is unknown, but whatever it may be, it was a pretty rough fight even though the photos may make it look like they’re just hugging.

But the crew of birdwatchers weren’t the only spectators in the area.

A family of roughly 16 otters soon swam up to the river bank to enjoy the show.

Looking closely at the photo, you can even see one of them holding a fish in its mouth. Popcorn anyone?

IMAGE: Vincent Yip

Yip shared the photo on his Facebook, describing the family of otters as “super kaypoh” which means busybody.

“All of us had a really good laugh,” he wrote.


It’s otter-ly funny, if you ask me.

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Cover image sourced from Vincent Yip.