Looks like China’s little emperors and clouded leopards aren’t the only victims of the nationwide obesity epidemic. A black koi in Chongqing, named Mangzi, made waves online (and probably in the pond), after residents discovered that it measured 1-meter long, and weighed over 30kg, Feng Huang News reports.
Koi-zilla is reportedly 10 years old, and is everyday fed more than 10 more packs of special food (the same stuff they gave the Ninja Turtles, we assume).
“We need to make sure we out food directly in its mouth (instead of dropping it in the pool) otherwise a hundred other koi will steal it,” said Zeng Dingyin, the koi’s owner.
“It is very strong accompanied by a big stomach and it never feels full,” Said Zeng. “Thanks to my team and customers for help feeding it,”.
Although its movements are slow, it is apparently quite powerful.
It is reportedly unusual to see a koi with such a huge body in a fishpond. It reportedly comes out several times a day if the weather is mild, but ignores people if they don’t have food. Like a dog, it only comes when familiar voices call its name. “It recognizes my voice,” said Xie, a frequent visitor at the fish pond.
Zeng urged visitors not to bring their own food to feed the fish, and to only use the special feed he provided. He stated that food brought from outside could harm the koi’s health. Although it looks like ‘the special fodder’ isn’t doing wonders for it’s weight either.
[Images via ifeng.com]
By Christy Lau