Koi are often the target of wildlife crime, but a new report says one of the world’s biggest koi farms in Auckland has been set on fire.
The New Zealand Police Department (NZPPD) said a fire at Koi Farm, located in a popular tourist destination in Auckland, was reported at 1:00am on Thursday morning.
It said a team of officers from Auckland’s fire service arrived at the farm around 3:30am, and discovered the fire.
They quickly extinguished the blaze and took the koi to the Nelson District Health Unit for observation.
It is not clear whether any koi were hurt in the blaze, and no charges have been laid.
Police have not confirmed whether any of the kois were injured.
Koi Farm is located on a hillside in the Auckland suburb of Mangere.
The farm has been on the market for more than a decade, but it was recently taken over by the owners.
The Auckland Zoo has said the koias in the area are known to be shy and that koi farms should be kept at least three metres from children.