Chadwick the chagoi koi carp was found in Totton two months after escaping from Romsey World of Water seven miles away

Chadwick was found in the River Test in Totton

Chadwick was found in the River Test in Totton

First published in News

IT is a fishy tale of survival that sounds like something out of the Disney film Finding Nemo.

A metre-long fish that escaped from a Hampshire aquatic centre during the winter flooding back in February has been found seven miles away.

The chagoi koi carp, named Chadwick, was one of two fishes missing from World of Water in Romsey when the centre was overwhelmed by floods back in February.

However the 10-year-old fish is back in his pond after it was found almost two months later by a woman walking her dog near the Salmon Leap pub in Totton, who spotted the distinctive fish in the River Test.

Daily Echo:

Chadwick being rescued by William Coulson of Romsey World of Water

Staff believed that Chadwick, popular with customers and affectionately known as Chad, would not be found - despite constant rumours of sightings.

The woman, who found Chad, said that the fish had been causing quite a stir and people were feeding it bread.

She took photos of Chad and then staff at World of Water rescued it by luring it with some bread.

Daily Echo:

Chadwick being treated back at Romsey World of Water

Centre manager Mark Bradbury said: "It's a fantastic story, no-one could believe where Chad had ended up.”

“We never thought we would get him back. He was such a dramatic looking fish, we thought that all sorts of things could happened to him."

He added: “Everybody was just ecstatic when he was found; he was a real favourite with the staff and customers alike.

"He has been through a hard time but he has made a full recovery and returned to his normal friendly self, but will be left with a nasty scar and damaged dorsal fin."

Daily Echo:

Chadwick and Steve the sturgeon reunited in their pond

It was one of two fishes that escaped as Steve the sturgeon also went missing but was found in a deep puddle at a car wash a mile down the road days later.

According to Mark, both Steve and Chad were inseparable after being reunited.

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8:55pm Thu 3 Apr 14

lubaru1980 says...

RESCUED!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!
The poor bugger has been put back in a pond (albeit probably a nice pond) should of left it in the river, there are a large head of healthy carp living wild in the river test from previous floods, surely that would of been better for the fish rather than 'rescuing' it...........
RESCUED!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!! The poor bugger has been put back in a pond (albeit probably a nice pond) should of left it in the river, there are a large head of healthy carp living wild in the river test from previous floods, surely that would of been better for the fish rather than 'rescuing' it........... lubaru1980
  • Score: 2

9:47pm Thu 3 Apr 14

The Wickham Man says...

lubaru1980 wrote:
RESCUED!!!!!!!!!!!!!

!!!
The poor bugger has been put back in a pond (albeit probably a nice pond) should of left it in the river, there are a large head of healthy carp living wild in the river test from previous floods, surely that would of been better for the fish rather than 'rescuing' it...........
Totally agree. For "rescued" read "captured". At least the poor creature experienced a few minutes living as it was born to live.
[quote][p][bold]lubaru1980[/bold] wrote: RESCUED!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!! The poor bugger has been put back in a pond (albeit probably a nice pond) should of left it in the river, there are a large head of healthy carp living wild in the river test from previous floods, surely that would of been better for the fish rather than 'rescuing' it...........[/p][/quote]Totally agree. For "rescued" read "captured". At least the poor creature experienced a few minutes living as it was born to live. The Wickham Man
  • Score: 2

11:00pm Thu 3 Apr 14

DorsetSaint says...

and the plural of fish is ....................
................fish
and the plural of fish is .................... ................fish DorsetSaint
  • Score: 2

7:38am Fri 4 Apr 14

hulla baloo says...

DorsetSaint wrote:
and the plural of fish is ....................

................fish
Or fishes.
The normal plural of fish is fish ( a shoal of fish ; he caught two huge fish ). The older form fishes is still used, when referring to different kinds of fish ( freshwater fishes of the British Isles ).
[quote][p][bold]DorsetSaint[/bold] wrote: and the plural of fish is .................... ................fish[/p][/quote]Or fishes. The normal plural of fish is fish ( a shoal of fish ; he caught two huge fish ). The older form fishes is still used, when referring to different kinds of fish ( freshwater fishes of the British Isles ). hulla baloo
  • Score: 1

9:31am Fri 4 Apr 14

RED & WHITE..RED & WHITE says...

hulla baloo wrote:
DorsetSaint wrote:
and the plural of fish is ....................


................fish
Or fishes.
The normal plural of fish is fish ( a shoal of fish ; he caught two huge fish ). The older form fishes is still used, when referring to different kinds of fish ( freshwater fishes of the British Isles ).
Hell Yeah !
[quote][p][bold]hulla baloo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]DorsetSaint[/bold] wrote: and the plural of fish is .................... ................fish[/p][/quote]Or fishes. The normal plural of fish is fish ( a shoal of fish ; he caught two huge fish ). The older form fishes is still used, when referring to different kinds of fish ( freshwater fishes of the British Isles ).[/p][/quote]Hell Yeah ! RED & WHITE..RED & WHITE
  • Score: -1

11:04am Fri 4 Apr 14

southy says...

So who getting the £1,000 reward that I believed that was offered for the capture of this Koi carp
So who getting the £1,000 reward that I believed that was offered for the capture of this Koi carp southy
  • Score: 1

11:17am Fri 4 Apr 14

loonaloop says...

He`s a lucky boy. Would have been a different story had our friends from the east had found him.
He`s a lucky boy. Would have been a different story had our friends from the east had found him. loonaloop
  • Score: 4

2:47pm Sat 5 Apr 14

willcoulson says...

The Wickham Man wrote:
lubaru1980 wrote: RESCUED!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!! The poor bugger has been put back in a pond (albeit probably a nice pond) should of left it in the river, there are a large head of healthy carp living wild in the river test from previous floods, surely that would of been better for the fish rather than 'rescuing' it...........Totally agree. For "rescuedHere at Romsey World of Water we would like to thank everyone who has assisted with the rescue of Chadwick. We understand there is a head of wild carp who live naturally in the river test, however Chadwick is ornamental Japanese Koi carp who has been raised in an artificial environment. Chadwick has been raised in our koi pond for over 7 years, in turn he has no fear of predators or of people. This point was proven upon rescuing him, when we had to remove an inappropriate oversized fishing hook, which almost certainly was an attempted capture of him by someone fishing illegally, rather than by professional sport anglers. In conclusion on his return to Romsey World of Water because of the injuries he sustained, he required two weeks of medical treatment, with antibiotics without he almost certainly would have died.
[quote][p][bold]The Wickham Man[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]lubaru1980[/bold] wrote: RESCUED!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!! The poor bugger has been put back in a pond (albeit probably a nice pond) should of left it in the river, there are a large head of healthy carp living wild in the river test from previous floods, surely that would of been better for the fish rather than 'rescuing' it...........[/p][/quote]Totally agree. For "rescuedHere at Romsey World of Water we would like to thank everyone who has assisted with the rescue of Chadwick. We understand there is a head of wild carp who live naturally in the river test, however Chadwick is ornamental Japanese Koi carp who has been raised in an artificial environment. Chadwick has been raised in our koi pond for over 7 years, in turn he has no fear of predators or of people. This point was proven upon rescuing him, when we had to remove an inappropriate oversized fishing hook, which almost certainly was an attempted capture of him by someone fishing illegally, rather than by professional sport anglers. In conclusion on his return to Romsey World of Water because of the injuries he sustained, he required two weeks of medical treatment, with antibiotics without he almost certainly would have died. willcoulson
  • Score: 1

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