The forest protection department of Ho Chi Minh City received two otters from Nguyen Thi An, a 72-year-old resident of Thu Duc City, on Friday.
The two otters that An voluntarily transferred to the authorities are two Asian small-clawed otters, whose scientific names are Aonyx cinereus, weighing about four kilograms each, according to an officer.
They are classified as rare and endangered forest animals.
After the handover, the otters were brought to the Cu Chi Wildlife Rescue Station in the namesake district for treatment and further care before being released into the nature.
|A woman shows a ranger where her family kept two otters at their house in Thu Duc City under Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Ngoc Khai / Tuoi Tre|
An told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper that she saw a person trying to abandon the two otters in a bag when traveling on Hoang Huu Nam Street in Thu Duc City in November 2021.
“It’s too pitiful to see people abandoning two animals like that, so I couldn’t help asking that person to let me keep them,” An recalled.
After a time of raising the two otters at home, the senior woman learned that they are rare and endangered forest animals requiring professional protection.
She thus reached out to staff at the Saigon Zoo and Botanical Gardens, who connected her with the municipal forest protection department, for the transfer of the wild animals.