SINGAPORE – The newly-opened Bird Paradise at Mandai Wildlife Reserve has temporarily closed its wet playground, two days after an incident left an 11-year-old boy with broken teeth.
In a statement in response to The Straits Times’ queries, a Mandai Wildlife Group spokesman said on Friday that the Egg Splash playground at Bird Paradise was closed on Monday afternoon, in order for it to conduct a “thorough” investigation.
The closure came after an 11-year-old boy broke two of his front teeth during an accident on one of its slides last Saturday.
The spokesman said: “Our staff responded to the incident last Saturday and assisted the child and the family. We spoke to them again the next day and continue to be in contact.”
She added: “Our focus now is to review and consider improvements to the play area to minimise accidents that result in an unhappy outcome for our little guests and their families.”
The spokesman shared that the group was also following up on another case of an injury sustained at the playground, involving a child who needed stitches for a laceration.
No timeline was given for its reopening.
According to Mandai Wildlife Group website, Egg Splash has wet play zones, with water slides, sprays and shallow pools. Adult supervision is required.
Ms Wynn Chan, an administrative executive in her 20s, had shared in Facebook post on Monday how her friend’s son had injured himself at the playground when they visited the park.
Ms Chan, who also brought her two nephews, wrote that her friend’s son fell “hard on his face”, resulting in the damaged teeth which she said require root canal treatment that will co...