We were walking along a lake in Chengdu, China when we came upon a fish feeding station. As visitors dropped the food pellets into the water, the fish literally flopped on each other trying to get the treat. It was complete chaos in the five by five foot area and almost creepy to watch so many fish fight it out at once. They of course attracted a lot of attention and it wasn’t long before people were throwing entire fistfuls into the lake at once. I don’t know how many fish are in the lake, but it seemed like every single one was there to duke it out for the (delicious) food pellets.
The Chinese began domesticating carp nearly 1,000 years ago. A widely used symbol in Chinese art and culture, the goldfish represents good fortune, wealth and surplus. Now you know why you see them decorating so many walls!
This picture was taken at the Chengdu Panda Research Center in Chengdu, China. You can see our adorable panda pictures here.
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