Dozens of koi saved from closed Collier Co. amusement park
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NAPLES, Fla.- A non-profit based in Sarasota rescued dozens of koi at a now closed amusement park in Collier County. King Richard's closed in April after 2 decades in Naples. The park auctioned everything off in April.
A non-profit, Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary, noticed the fish weren't on the auction list so she spoke with the owners and struck a deal.
"Any idea how many fish you might be getting?" asked reporter Julie Salomone.
"When I first came here and threw some food in there, I was estimating maybe 100 of them, different sizes," said Kay Rosaire.
Kay and a team of volunteers collected the koi that live in a moat surrounding a the now closed amusement park.
Volunteers start by draining the water in the moat. Volunteers learn catching koi isn't easy. It's more like a game of hide-and-go-seek.
"When we try and get them with the nets, they kind of escape us because you can't see them and then the mud gets in the nets," said volunteer Renne Ferraro.
As the water drains, volunteers have more success. Volunteers catch them and put the fish in tubs inside an air conditioned trailer. After nearly 4 hours of fishing without any bait, a volunteer discovers a huge hiding spot catching nearly 30 koi.
Nearly 100 fish were rescued from the park. Big Cat Habitat has built a new pond for the koi at the sanctuary. The sanctuary is always looking for donations. The sanctuary paid more than $7,000 dollars building the fish a new home.