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UW investigating missing koi

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MADISON (WKOW) --- UW Madison Police are investigating a theft of eight koi that are missing from the Botany Gardens on campus.

Police responded Friday and determined that someone had fished them out between Thursday afternoon and Friday morning.

Garden staff say they are unsure how someone could just walk away with them as some fish are over a foot long.

They say the pond was stocked with the koi early last week. During winter and spring, the brightly colored fish are kept in a UW greenhouse.

Staff ruled out animals.

The missing koi are large and range in age of 2 to over 10 years old.

The fish range in gray, yellow, red, blue and orange, some speckled with all five colors.

Botany Gardens Director Mo Fayyaz tells 27 News the fish are part of the ecosystem of the gardens and delight visiting schoolchildren.

Value of the fish is estimated to $1,600.

Fayyaz says a retaining pole used to trap leaves had been removed from the pond and tossed into a garden, and some beer bottles littered the pond's edge after the theft.

If you have information on the missing koi, call UW-Madison Police at 608-264-COPS.

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