WASHINGTON (CIRCA) — A Chinese garden in Vancouver is closed because of a violent otter that has been killing the expensive koi fish in the pond.
The Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden has been updating the status of the garden on Twitter with their efforts to rescue koi and contain the otter. The river otter was spotted last Saturday and had eaten five koi at that point. His body count is up to 10 now.
Since Saturday, a river otter has been spotted in the Garden’s pond, where it has eaten at least 5 of our adult koi. @ParkBoard is working to relocate the otter, and an investigation is under way to determine how it got here: https://t.co/xK9zwUQu8w— Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden (@vangarden) November 20, 2018
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The otter has remained at large through the week as the Vancouver Park Board tries to contain the otter. Garden staff has also been working to get the koi to safety.
As we continue to work with @ParkBoard to contain the otter, Garden staff spent Saturday trying to rescue the remaining koi in our pond. After several hours, we were able to get one koi to @vanaqua for safekeeping. We will provide an update tomorrow. #Otterwatch2018 #ChinatownYVR pic.twitter.com/mjnvUmji4k— Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden (@vangarden) November 25, 2018
The garden has been closed to the public while staff tries to solve the problem. Twitter has nicknamed the effort #Otterwatch2018. Media and the public have been enthralled in following the story, making memes and even selling merchandise where people can support #TeamKoi or #TeamOtter.
The park has been receiving support from the aquarium and donors, while the otter has been receiving support online. He even has his own Twitter account now.