In my limited experience here in Singapore, it’s super common to have a water fountain near the entrance of your condo. Our condo building is no different, with what looks like a lake with a walking path over the middle to get from the driveway to the elevator lobby. Sadly, I’m apparently not terribly observant, though, as it took me about a month to realize we had Koi in our water. Since then, it’s become a daily (or multiple times daily) activity to take E down and to look for the “fishies,” a sometimes difficult search as they like to hide under the walkway and out of sight.
However, I *did* notice several days ago when a ton of baby fish appeared in the water. I have no idea if they came about *ahem* organically or were put there by building management. Management obviously knows about them as they are getting fed a special leaf every day (which the large fish ignore, interestingly enough-they eat fish food pellets). I’m also surprised by how many small koi are in the pond…I can’t imagine there’s an expectation that they’ll all make it to adulthood, as then our pond would be very overpopulated.
I’ve always been a pet person. Growing up I had dogs, until I got my cat Lady when I was 15 years old and she was 8 weeks old from a local shelter. Ravi, with his asthma and myriad allergies never had a pet until Lady demanded he take joint servitude to her with me. Sadly, Lady passed away last October from kidney failure, and were not ready to adopt again before we left the US. Making the choice to move to Singapore raised difficult questions about the logistics of pet adoption. There is an ASPCA here, and if we were planning to be here forever, we might be talking about pet adoption.
However, knowing that we would like to move on at some point within the normal lifespan of a pet, and the many difficulties in moving a pet internationally (some countries require quarantines, for example) seems to traumatic to us. So we have elected to not adopt any pets at this time. Ironically, we had been open to getting Elanor a goldfish (and naming it “Dorothy” a la Elmo’s World) when she turned 2(ish). But with the fish in the lobby that we don’t have to feed, clean up after, or otherwise take care of, it seems the apartment building is doing it for us.
You can see both the large and baby fish if you click to embiggen (Simpsons reference for those not in the know).