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PARK of­fi­cials in Van­cou­ver are scram­bling to catch a peck­ish river ot­ter snack­ing on koi fish from a pond at the city’s Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Clas­si­cal Chi­nese Gar­den.

“As of to­day, seven of our adult koi have been killed,” said a Satur­day state­ment from the gar­den. “They are an in­te­gral part of the Gar­den fam­ily and our cul­tural her­itage, and we do not take their loss lightly.”

The ot­ter has been hang­ing around for around a week, and so far has evaded cap­ture from hu­mane traps while still eat­ing the tasty bait placed in­side.

The plan is to re­lo­cate the ot­ter to the nearby Fraser Val­ley – some­thing parks di­rec­tor Howard Nor­mann be­lieves will be ben­e­fi­cial not only to the koi, but to the ot­ter.

“This is for the best chance for the life of this ot­ter, lots of food, lots of friends,” he told CTV News.

Gar­den com­mu­ni­ca­tions di­rec­tor Deb­bie Che­ung told the BBC that many of the koi have been at the gar­den for a “long, long time” and that staff sees them as “part of the team.”

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