A British man living in Singapore says he thought he was going to die when he was attacked by a pack of otters in a park.
Graham George Spencer says he was bitten more than 20 times by the animals as he was walking through the Singapore Botanic Gardens, according to an interview in The Straits Times .
Spencer said he and a friend were walking together in the early morning when a runner passed them apparently upsetting the otters that charged the jogger who was able to escape them by running away.
“All of a sudden, they must have thought I was (the runner),” Spencer told The Straits Times .
“I actually thought I was going to die. They were going to kill me.”
He describes being swarmed and his ankles being bitten causing him to fall down where the otters continued to attack his legs and buttocks.
It was only when Spencer’s friend yelled at the creatures, that they stopped.
“I was bitten 26 times in 10 seconds,” Spencer told Today .
“If it wasn’t for my friend, I don’t think I’d still be here. I’d be dead.”
The two men ran to the visitor centre with the otters still trailing them and Spencer eventually ended up in hospital where he was treated for 26 wounds including having to get stitches and taking antibiotics.
Apparently, otter attacks are very rare but not unheard said Tan Puay Yok, group director of the Singapore Botanic Gardens.
In fact, the BBC reports that Singapore’s national parks board warns if you cross paths with an otter: “DO NOT touch, chase or corner the otters. Observe them from a distance. Going too close to the otters may frighten them.”