a really sad story

Yesterday should have been a happy day with nine koi coming home to Minnesota. Two boxes were carefully packed by GenkiKoi on Tuesday and sent out FedEx Priority Overnight. One box arrived well before 10:30 am on Wednesday. The second  box is still lost and the odds of two beautiful koi being alive are practically nil. The two 18″ koi  included an aka matsuba and an Omosako Shiro Utsuri.  I spent all day calling the trace action center, visited the Minneapolis FedEx receiving site and watched the hours go by. I posted some notes on social media and some people gave me emails of people to contact at FedEx including the CEO and some SVPs. Mid morning today I received a call from the FedEx executive offices asking about my package and it appears there is high level interest in finding the package. Too bad that all this effort will most likely not end with a happy resolution. Many koi keepers are telling me that you never know – they may beat every odd and be alive well beyond the normal length of time we think they can survive transport. It makes me very sad to think that two koi from Japan, nurtured so  carefully, have died in a box because some employee did not do their job.

So here are the lucky seven. I haven’t really spent much time with them since I have been preoccupied with the search for the second box.  This group is rather jumpy and ki utsuri wiggled out of the pond digger’s hand and hit the floor. Lost two scales but seems fine otherwise. The six shiros are very skittish. I found one this afternoon in the pump area. The craziest one is a large paler shiro with two dots on the head. I’ve slowed down the video to 75% to get a better view.

the lucky seven - floating the bag to ensure the temperature adjustment is not drastic
the lucky seven – floating the bag to ensure the temperature adjustment is not drastic