A wayward, hungry otter who moved into the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden in Vancouver is eating the attraction’s valuable koi fish.
The animal, identified as a river otter, was first spotted Saturday in a pond shared by the garden and the adjacent public park. Staff say it has eaten at least five of the dozen adult koi.
But a prized female koi name Madonna who has lived at the garden for two decades doesn’t appear to have been a victim of the ravenous otter…yet.
Over the weekend, the river otter was spotted in the pond shared by the Garden and the adjacent public park.
We ask that the public not feed the otter, and as always, strongly urge against any release of wildlife into the pond.
The garden, which is located in Vancouver’s Chinatown and is one of the city’s top tourist attractions, said a trap has been set up by the pond.
The kois are part of our team so it’s quite devastating for us,” said communications director Debbie Cheung to CBC. “But at the same time the otter is looking for food, right? We don’t want to blame the otter.”
“The five bodies we’ve seen so far isn’t her,” she said. “She’s been with us for 20 years and it would be very sad if we lost her.”
The public is being asked not to feed the otter.