Rare fishes take a llama ride!


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Some of the UK's rarest freshwater fishes were given a llama ride to escape the effects of climate change.

According to the Environment Agency, about 25,000 newly hatched Vendace (Coregonus vandesius) were sent 500m up a mountain path to a tarn (mountain lake) in the Lake District on the backs of llamas. 

The fish were sent to Sprinkling Tarn, near Seathwaite Fell, to establish a refuge population in the cooler water there. 

According to Andy Gowans, fisheries technical specialist for the Environment Agency: "By introducing these Vendace into Sprinkling Tarn, where water temperatures will be lower, it will provide an additional element of safeguarding for this endangered species.

"The fish will be closely monitored, in the hope that a self-sustaining population will be established."

Llamas from local charity Llama Karma Kafe were used to transport the fish up the mountain path because it was inaccessible by car. An additional benefit of this mode of transportation was a reduction in carbon footprint. 

Fisheries officers on foot finished the final part of the journey.

The young Vendace were hatched at a fishery near Dumfries from eggs taken from Derwentwater, thought to be the only remaining site in England and Wales where the fish still exist.