Since arriving at the Garden’s pond on Sunday, November 17, both the otter and koi have blown up in popularity and across social media.
— Chinatown Otter (@ChinatownOtter) November 22, 2018
— Chinatown Koi (@ChinatownKoi) November 23, 2018
The hashtag #Otterwatch2018 has also been trending in Metro Vancouver, with more and more locals voicing their opinions.
The otter running around Vancouver eating all the koi fish is god tier comedy and nobody can convince me otherwise #Otterwatch2018
— Mike Stewart (@m_stew151) November 23, 2018
— Scott de Lange Boom (@Scott_dLB) November 23, 2018
— Cst. Julien Ponsioen 🏳️🌈 (@CstJPonsioen) November 23, 2018
I’m praying for you otter. 🙏😨 #OtterWatch2018
— Jennifer #1.2 million (@birdtweetstome) November 23, 2018
— Erin (@erin_hanson) November 24, 2018
— Miss can’t do wrong (@missmuffet79) November 24, 2018
— Dara Fontein (@deefontein) November 24, 2018
Devoted fans can also pick up Team Otter or Team Koi buttons. Proceeds, originally, were going to be donated to the garden. Staff have opted, however, to send the funds to a wildlife preservation organization instead.
Hey #Otterwatch2018 fans!
We’ve made a batch of #TeamOtter and #TeamKoi buttons.
You can pick them up at @chinatownhouse (188 East Pender Street) for $2 each.
Net proceeds will be donated to @vangarden#ChinatownYVR pic.twitter.com/yLx73cfyZu
— Chinatown Today今日唐人街 (@chinatown_today) November 23, 2018
As it stands, several more Koi were lost on the weekend, bringing the total up to 10 fish eaten from the pond.
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
Fortunately, the garden staff were able to catch one Koi and have relocated it to the Vancouver Aquarium.
The garden remains closed until further notice.
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