It took almost half an hour, and the cunning river otter, which once inhabited the classical Chinese garden of Dr. Sun Yat-sen, and killed most of her beloved Koi, is still on the lame.
Members of the garden, the Park of Vancouver Park and the Vancouver Aquarium turned to the media for what most people think will be the last time since # OtterWatch2018 started.
Members of the Vancouver Park Council confirmed that the animal had not been seen for at least three days and that the remaining Koi were safe after being transported to the Vancouver Aquarium.
Executive Director Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Garden, Vincent Kwan, said that a total of 11 koi were taken by otters. He described it as an “emotional loss” and explained that Koi are important not only as a decorative element, but also their cultural value in the Chinese community.
One of the dead koi is Madonna, who is estimated to be 50 years old.
The garden staff also took the time to thank the Park Board and the Vancouver Aquarium for their extensive help and support.
Park Board employees believe that the otter moved on and announced that Coy would be returned to the pond in the spring of next year, as soon as it became known that they were out of danger.
The gardens are now open again to the public.
We are pleased to announce that we are participating in VI.K. (Very important Koi) guests here in #VanAquaThey quickly won the hearts of aquarists, and we are happy to support @VanGarden and @ParkBoard during this rescue mission. # OtterWatch2018 pic.twitter.com/hL4vB1Uhdp
– Vancouver Aquarium (@vanaqua) November 29, 2018
Future efforts will be focused on changing the entrance and exit points in the garden. The Coy population replenishment campaign can also be started later.
And thus ends the story of the smart otter, the Vancouver Park Board and the now-devastated Koi population. At least for the moment.
I am learning a new adventure.
I will send postcards.# Otterwatch2018
– Chinatown Otter (@ChinatownOtter) November 29, 2018