Monday, January 24, 2011

Feeding Huge Koi

Yesterday we had lunch at the China Bear Restaurant (15000 North Freeway, Houston, TX).  We had seen the building many times as we drove along Interstate 45, but this was our first time to go inside and have a meal.  We arrived at the restaurant at 1:00 pm (Sunday afternoon) and the huge parking lot was almost full.  As we walked into the building, we crossed a bridge that covered a huge fishpond filled with ornamental koi fish.  Koi are domesticated varieties of the common Carp that are kept in outdoor koi ponds or water gardens.  Carp were first bred for color mutations in China more than a thousand years ago, where selective breeding of the Prussian Carp led to the development of the goldfish.
The Chinese buffet was good but the highlight of the visit was definitely the koi pond.  China Bear sells styrofoam cups full of fish food in their gift shop.  I had my husband buy a cup of food to feed the fish as we left the restaurant.  There must be hundreds of fish in this pond. The pond is large with several waterfalls and underwater lighting.  The fish all crowded around the bridge area waiting for a meal. When we started dropping the food in the water, the fish just went wild.  They were all swimming on top of each other with their mouths wide open.   The cup of fish food disappeared as soon as it hit the water. I don't think I have ever seen anything quite like this!
They say that a picture is worth a thousand words, so watch this video.  It is truly amazing.

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