Not coy about being bottle-fed


  • Metro News
  • Monday, 17 Jun 2019

Koi fish scrambling for feed that is given using milk bottles at Langkawi Wildlife Park in Langkawi, Kedah. — Bernama

IT IS quite usual to see kittens or young primates in captivity drinking from a milk bottle, but koi too?

Langkawi Wildlife Park public relations manager Nur Hamzani Hamzah said: “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 have used the same method for three years now and it has served us well.”

(Right) A visitor feeding the birds at the park.
A visitor feeding the birds at the park.

She said the koi fish aren’t coy about scrambling for the bottle at feeding time, which makes it one of the major draws at the wildlife park.

“We use normal baby bottles and affix them to long bamboo poles.

“The food pellets are diluted in a little water so it is easier for the fish to swallow.

“The bottles are placed on the surface of the water which attract 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, as visitors are allowed to bottle-feed the fish at no extra charge. — Bernama

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