Kuala Lampur, Sept. 22 -- The presence of wild otters in Taman Tasik Metropolitan Kepong in the heart of urban Kuala Lumpur has taken environmentalist NGOs and politicians by surprise, with some wondering how they ended up there.

When contacted, Selayang MP William Leong said he would endeavour to protect the semiaquatic animals, especially after learning they may be smooth-coated otters that are a 'threatened' species on the animal conservation list.

"I will be happy to help in the protection of these urban otters, who have obviously learned to adapt to the present environment," he told Malay Mail, adding that he welcomed NGOs to contact him about possible conservation efforts.

Kepong MP Lim Lip Eng said he has already taken the initi...