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Decorative koi fish swim in the reflection of new luxury office buildings in downtown Singapore on Tuesday, June 17, 2003. An otter has killed and eaten 10 koi at a Chinese garden in Vancouver. (AP Photo/Ed Wray)

Koi fish are being evacuated from Vancouver due to mass murder by otter


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.

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.

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.

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