Japanese koi accidentally dumped on Chinese university lawn

Spillage kills some of fishery firm’s donation of thousands of live fish as they are transported to be released into a lake

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 30 May, 2018, 5:00pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 30 May, 2018, 5:39pm

Hundreds of donated Japanese koi were accidentally released on a university campus lawn in eastern China on Tuesday, causing many to die.

Linyi University in Shandong province had earlier in the day received a donation from a fishery firm of about 13,000 live fish.

About 3,000 were Japanese koi, according to a clip circulated on Chinese video sharing and live-streaming platform Miaopai.

The fish were supposed to be released into a lake on the university grounds.

In the 45-second video, a worker is seen accidentally tipping a black bag downwards, causing it to burst open.

Water and hundreds of brightly coloured koi spilled out onto grass near the lake as a crowd watched.

The fish can be seen flapping around, struggling to survive.

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People began picking up many of them and throwing them into the lake a few feet away, in an attempt to save them, but many died on the grass.

The video provided no further details.

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Associated with luck, prosperity and good fortune, koi fish are a symbol of Japan, bred for their colour and beauty.

Although prices vary depending on their quality and colour, the most expensive can sell for up to US$2 million.