Koi stoned to death in park pond

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The senseless killing of a Koi at a park in Bermuda has sparked outrage.


Staff arriving for work at the tranquil Queen Elizabeth city park in Hamilton following the holiday weekend, discovered one of the female Koi in the park’s decorative pool dead, and the pool littered with rocks and stones, suggesting the culprit had been throwing rocks at the fish. 

Steven DeSilva, the Park’s Superintendent described the killing of the fish as an act of ‘overt cruelty’. “It is quite simply unexplainable,” he told The Royal Gazette. What would drive an individual or individuals to stand over a shallow pool to attempt to stone the fish to death?

“What is more puzzling is that there is no readily available cache of stones or rocks close at hand in the park.”

The dead Koi was the largest female in the pool and she was thought to be around 10 years old. The rest of the fish survived the attack but were reported to be showing signs of trauma.

Bermuda police have been informed about the incident, which Mr DeSilva said was the only act of cruelty there had been towards the fish in the park’s pool. “We hope it is the last,” he added.