Koi

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For 450 Mio. years fishes exist and are the oldest and the most speciose group of vertebrates. They live in rivers, streams, oceans, in the icecold Polar Sea, warm tropical waters, in deep sea and pools. They adjusted themselves to even most adverse conditions. There are more than 20,000 species and probably not all are known yet.

The Nishikigoi, short "Koi", is one of these fishes. It belongs to the common carps and is the only ornamental fish among them. The origin is not known for sure. It is said plain coloured Koi had been brought from Iran to Asia about ca. 2,000 years ago. The breed of the Koi does have the longest known tradition in Japan. 200 years ago farmers from Niigata began to breed colourful glory carps from single freaks of nature. And for 120 years Kois are kept as a status symbol.
Nowadays there are enthusiats in Europe and other parts of the world too. But it should be considered well, not only because of its monetary value. Did you know that a koi can reach an age of 60 - 80 years and can grow up to one meter long?

The offered plush-koi will not grow anymore. But it can get very old too and hence be of happiness for its owner for a long time.

Length: 38 cm (~ 18")
Colour: White with red dot
Filling: Special polyester fibres
Manufacturer: Kösener Spielzeug Manufaktur

The proceeds of this sale will be donated to a children's charity organisation.

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