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Vancouver can't get enough of otter on the loose in Chinatown garden

The rogue otter that has been eating koi fish at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden now has its own Twitter account
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The river otter, captured on video earlier this week, on the loose in Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Chinese Classical Garden now has its own Twitter account. Photo screen grab

Otter fever has hit Vancouver.

The news this week that a rogue river otter infiltrated Chinatown’s Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden and has reportedly eaten at last count five or six koi has created quite a stir around the city.

Media coverage has been widespread and the otter now has its own Twitter account, @ChinatownOtter, and hashtag, #Otterwatch2018, and has racked up more than 380 followers in just 24 hours. Alliances are becoming evident with #teamotter going up against #teamkoi.

Since popping up Wednesday, the wayward semi-aquatic mammal has been a prolific on Twitter taunting its would-be captors…

Contemplating a run for mayor…

Getting advice from other local celebrity animals with Twitter accounts, including the Olympic Village beaver @VancouverBeaver and @VanCityPenguin…

 

Threatening to haunt the garden if "anything should happen..."

 

And suggesting sharing the title of the city’s unofficial ambassador with Vancouver’s favourite bird Canuck the Crow…

 

As of Thursday afternoon the otter still had not been caught. Earlier in the week Howard Normann, director of parks, told reporters that the park board does have a backup plan if it isn't able to trap the animal but was non-committal on a timeline.

#Otterwatch2018 continues...

@JessicaEKerr


jkerr@vancourier.com