On Wednesday, November 28, the Vancouver Park Board, with the help of members from the Vancouver Aquarium, removed the remaining adult and juvenile koi from the water at the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden.
In total, two adults and 344 juvenile koi are now swimming at the Vancouver Aquarium for safekeeping.
The Vancouver Park Board shared on social media that there has been no sign of the otter for several days, although a number of traps remain in place throughout the garden. Staff will also be modifying the entrance and exit points of the garden to deter any future otter visits.
Good news: We netted remaining adult & juvenile koi @vangarden today. They’re now swimming safely @vanaqua. No sign of otter for past three days, but live traps remain in place. Garden to re-open tomorrow. #OtterWatch2018 pic.twitter.com/32NkZabpQ9
— Vancouver Park Board (@ParkBoard) November 28, 2018
Thank you to biologist Chris Lee and his team at Aquaterra Environmental for volunteering their time and services to this morning’s collaborative koi rescue efforts at the Garden. https://t.co/vaRg4It6FW pic.twitter.com/WzgPmR1zjT
— Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden (@vangarden) November 28, 2018
Staff at the garden have shared that they’ll continue to sweep the pond and will refill it with water. A total number of koi casualties at a later date.
Now, with the safety of the animals ensured, efforts look towards replenishing the pond and the population. The Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden will start a campaign in the near future.
After a lengthy battle between an otter, a pond of koi, and the Vancouver Park Board, the garden is set to re-open on Thursday, November, 29.
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