Not koi on being bottle-fed

Not koi on being bottle-fed

LANGKAWI: It’s not unusual to see kittens or young primates in captivity drinking from a milk bottle, but koi too.

Langkawi Wildlife Park (THLL) and public relations manager, Nur Hamzani Hamzah, told Bernama: “We use milk bottles to feed the fish so that the pond water stays clear, unlike when fish food is scattered over the water and befouls it.

“The idea came to us when we saw a video of a fish feeding activity at a temple in China. We’ve used the same method for three years now and it has served us well.”

She said the koi aren’t coy about scrambling for the bottle at feeding time either, which makes it one of the draws at THLL.

“We use normal baby bottles and affix them to long bamboo poles. The food pellets are diluted in a little water so it’s easy for the fish to suck. The bottles placed on the surface of the water then pull in hundreds of koi,” she said, adding the fish are fed at 10am and 1.30pm daily

During the holiday season, however, there are extra feeding times, with visitors allowed to experience bottle-feeding the fish at no extra cost.