We have to say – PM Lee really has quite an affinity with animals.
One of his recent posts was about his chance meeting with an endangered snake while he was walking in Upper Pierce Reservoir. And no, the snake is an actual snake and does not refer to any Malaysian politician:
Met this beautiful little fellow at Upper Peirce Reservoir yesterday evening. It was lying perfectly still in the middle of the road, head in the air. I actually walked past without seeing it, but my sharp-eyed SOs spotted it. I went right up close to take some photos. My SOs were very nervous, but the snake did not mind at all! I asked what species this was. I thought Subaraj (who is a snake expert) might know, but he was away. But NParks tells me it is a Black-headed Collared Snake (Sibynophis melanocephalus), an endangered species, non-venomous and seldom encountered because of its shy nature. Maybe it was my lucky day! 🙂 – LHL (Photo by me) #justforfun
And this is not his first close encounter with animals. Do you remember that owl that flew into his office one morning? Maybe it was there to try and recruit PM for Hogwarts:
Found a surprise visitor in my office this morning. A beautiful barn owl had flown into the building overnight, and perched itself comfortably high up out of reach. We called the AVA and Bird Park for help (but not the police 😄). They managed to capture the owl, and released it unharmed behind Sri Temasek. The Istana grounds are a green refuge for many species of birds and animals. We should preserve and create many such green spaces all over our island, so that in our urban environment we can enjoy the natural flora and fauna of Singapore. – LHL (Pic by Jane Ho, Istana staff)
Oh and this rare moment when a mosquito gets lost and lands on a dragonfly instead of the dragon prince:
Now PM is diversifying into fake animals as well, especially after he was given a mock crab by the Shell CEO:
Crab for lunch! Shell CEO Mr Ben van Beurden gave me this memento after I presented Shell with an Honorary Partner in Progress Award from EDB. This is a new species (the Indopinnixa shellorum) discovered at St John’s Island in a marine biodiversity survey that Shell had funded. But what you see is not a real crab, just a model, 3D-printed by ITE. The actual crab is only 4mm across, so one would not have been enough for lunch. 🙂 – LHL (Photo by me)
Here he is, giving Tintin’s dog a colonoscopy:
Taking a selfie with Snowy (Tintin’s fox terrier), in Ambassador Anil’s home in Jakarta. Snowy is the mascot for the Singapore Embassy in Jakarta’s dog adoption charity drive. As part of #SG50, the embassy is doing an event on Sunday to help stray dogs find new owners. Do lend this good cause your support, if you are in Jakarta. Consider adopting from local shelters – lots of nice dogs are waiting for someone to take them home! – LHL (MCI Photo by Terence Tan)
What do you think of PM’s close encounters with real and fake animals?