Kelvin Skyrme is a 61-year-old grandfather who keeps ornamental fish, such as koi and goldfish in a pond in his garden. One morning, Skyrme was shocked when he found his goldfish decapitated in their pond. Then his prized koi started turning up dead or disappearing entirely.
At first he thought someone had a grudge against him and was killing his beloved fish as a result. So, he decided to put a hidden camera next to his pond to catch the killer in the act. And he did catch the killer in the act. But he was shocked to discover that it was an otter! The furry fish-killing otter was sick and hungry, and Skyrme’s fish made for an easy meal.
Mr Skyrme, a craft brewer, shares:
“I have been keeping fish for over 40 years and had never seen such devastation.”
“Herons will visit garden ponds and eat fish but not to this extent, besides, there are telephone wires over the garden which would deter them plus the fact the ponds are too deep.”
“At first I thought someone had it in for me. I didn’t have any idea who might do this but you just never know.”
“There was only one thing for it, I had to catch them in the act so I bought a night vision, motion sensor camera.”
“I was completely taken aback when I saw what had happened.”
“I have never seen a wild otter and we are at least a mile from the river and within the city.”
“I am an animal lover and in any other circumstances would have loved to have seen a wild otter.”
“I am a bit of a wildlife buff and I would have loved to have seen an otter but this was a case of being unlucky and lucky at the same time.”
“My family and I were due to go on holiday so I had to put into effect a quick solution by securely netting the pond, which seems to have done the trick.”
“Inspection of the camera on our return showed only a few of the neighbourhood cats and a regularly visiting hedgehog.”