In Vancouver, BC, it's very common to see otters near the ocean in Richmond, Vancouver and even near rivers throughout the suburbs. Where you don't typically find otters is in local parks and tourist attractions; however, last week a sneaky otter managed to find it's way to a Chinese garden and has evaded officials ever since.
Dr. Sun Yat-Se Classical Chinese Garden is a treasured landmark in Vancouver, BC. Travellers from all over the world come to Vancouver to bask in the serenity of the garden. Although the garden is typically quiet and tranquil, it's been anything but that this week.
The Chinese garden has been interrupted by a sneaky otter on a mission to eat all of the garden's treasured koi fish. Nearly a week ago, officials from Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Garden posted on their Facebook page telling locals that a river otter was spotted last weekend in a pond in their garden.
By November 19th, the sneaky otter had already eaten five of their adult koi fish. They also stated that the Vancouver Park Board was working on relocating the otter and that and investigation was underway to determine how the otter made its way into their koi pond.
The next day, Vancouver Park Board set up a trap in the garden hoping to catch and relocate their surprise guest. If only it were that easy. Days later on November 23d, they announced that the garden was actually closed so that they could try to contain the otter.
Days have gone by and the river otter has evaded officials. He's still among the koi fish, lurking around the garden. Even though officials have spent days trying to capture him, he's evaded their every move. They've actually resorted to taking out their remaining koi fish as a safety precaution from the sneaky river otter.
The story of the otter vs the koi fish has gone viral, now Canadians are taking sides on this debate. Are you Team Koi Fish or Team River Otter?
'Grand theft otter' is one of Vancouver's most wanted. Authorities are still trying to capture a river otter that's eating its way through expensive koi fish at the popular Dr. Sun Yat Sen Garden attraction. pic.twitter.com/K3lMIE7FPC— Sherman (@Shermanbot) November 23, 2018
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
i'm living for this otter that is on the loose eating koi fish.— Samantha Marie Nock (@sammymarie) November 23, 2018
The otter is winning in #Vancouver... love it. They're rescuing the koi to keep them alive while the otter evades capture. The otter has been snacking on precious koi fish in the pond. And why not? It's a wild creature. #TeamOtter https://t.co/maFSBqReFL— Christine Endicott (@EndicottChris) November 25, 2018
Let the otter do his business ..at this point it’s natural selection for the koi fish.. pic.twitter.com/rjhDiYXx5F— DEZ (@reignDEZ) November 23, 2018
Yes!! The otter is winning, who like koi fish anyways and what are they doing in Vancouver?— 3QuartersToday (@3Quarters2Day) November 25, 2018
Join #teamotter ➡️https://t.co/CS3ym5TJbC
Show your support of otters everywhere#Otterwatch2018 #otter pic.twitter.com/O4Tyo0w9GQ
This otter has a taste for the finer things in life. Aged Koi fish 🐟 🍣 pic.twitter.com/EqkFtADhci— The Hairless Chimp (@HairlessChimp) November 20, 2018
apparently there's an otter on the loose in the sun yat sen classical garden in chinatown eating all the koi fish and first of all— 𝔩𝔞𝔠𝔥𝔞 🍯 HIATUS (@azolitmin) November 23, 2018
how an otter, in the wild in the middle of the city,
It is sad for the Koi fish. Though the otter story is also kind of funny. Smart little thing. She rather be a big fish in a small pond than a small fish in the big ocean.— Monica Magnetti (@MonicaMagnetti) November 24, 2018
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