VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – The story of a clever koi-stealing otter in Chinatown continues to capture the attention of Vancouverites.
The slippery mammal’s reign of terror over the fish in Dr. Sun-Yat Sen Gardens shows no signs of ending as today’s attempts to trap the animal came up empty once again.
— ellouis (@ellouis) November 23, 2018
Now those following #OtterWatch2018 can show their support for #TeamOtter or #TeamKoi with buttons depicting cute cartoon otters and fish.
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
Chinatown today – a local blog, lifestyle and tourism website – posted images of the buttons on Twitter for sale for $2 at Chinatown House at 188 East Pender Street.
Net proceeds originally were going to be donated to Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden – the current home of the koi-loving otter. But the group has since said they will be donating those proceeds to a wildlife preservation organization instead, at request of the Garden, according to a post on Twitter.
The social media fixation on the otter is continuing to grow: the koi-loving otter even has it’s own Twitter account.
I tried the exotic foods the humans left for me.
Usually I only eat salmon during spawning season.
I had only heard about tuna fish from my sea otter cousins.
And chicken… man… that was weird.
Back to the koi pond.#ChinatownYVR #Otterwatch2018 #FeedingLair
— Chinatown Otter (@ChinatownOtter) November 22, 2018
— Chinatown Otter (@ChinatownOtter) November 21, 2018
The Ministry of Environment has brought in a specialist to relocate the critter.