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Serial Killer Otter Keeps Eating the Koi From This Chinese Garden

There are only four left of the original 14 fish.

A river otter is wreaking havoc in Vancouver after eating over half of the koi fish in a local Chinatown pond, per the Vancouver Sun.

The outlet reported that the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden was once home to 14 koi fish.

Now only four fish remain.

The Vancouver Sun reported that the otter showed up out of nowhere in early November and began picking the koi off one by one.

According to its Twitter page, the garden's been closed since November 23 as measures were taken to try to trap the otter and relocate it.

But it just won't leave.

The Huffington Post reported that the otter has been finding ways to eat the bait inside the traps while also avoiding capture. After the otter killed its 10th koi, the garden staff began working instead to relocate the koi.

One koi has so far been moved to the Vancouver Aquarium.

Poor water visibility is hindering the capture and relocation of the other three fish, according to the Vancouver Sun.

HuffPo reported that the garden's staff hopes the pond's 50-year-old koi, Madonna, is among the survivors. These fish can live for decades and even hundreds of years if their lives aren't cut tragically short by hungry otters.

And they're very expensive to replace.


Since an adult koi can cost thousands of dollars, the Vancouver Sun reported that the garden plans to start a fundraiser soon to replenish the pond.

But in the meantime, they're just focused on rescuing the survivors and mourning those lost.

"The kois are part of our team so it's quite devastating for us," Communications Director Debbie Cheung told CBC, according to HuffPo. But sadness aside, she's not getting too upset about the food chain.

"At the same time, the otter is looking for food, right? We don't want to blame the otter," she said.

Still, it's probably best for everyone if the otter can be captured and relocated without further incident.

Then the otter will get a new home with plenty of nearby salmon to eat, per the Vancouver Sun.

And the koi can have their pond back in peace.


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