| Hamidah Ismail |
A BABY otter was recently put up for sale for B$650 on Facebook, according to the 1stopbrunei Wildlife Club.
They tried to get in contact with the seller but failed to do so and is currently unsure whether it has already been sold. Reports, however, have been lodged to the relevant party.
Otters are protected under CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) and according to Traffic (the wildlife trade monitoring network), otters are at serious risk in Southeast Asia and have disappeared from many parts of their natural habitats. This decline in population is due to hunting for skins.
Brunei has two or three species of otters. They have been spotted at the water village where the club has organised a clean-up campaign.
According to the wildlife club, the Facebook group where the otter was being sold was infamous for selling exotic animals.
The club has rescued and released at least three pangolins and three slow lorises from this group alone.
The public is encouraged to report such activity to the authorities or seek help through the club by contacting them via their Facebook page at facebook.com/1SBWildlife.