NewsThom Airs

EXCLUSIVE: 70lb+ British record carp discovered at London Zoo

NewsThom Airs
EXCLUSIVE: 70lb+ British record carp discovered at London Zoo

THIS WAS AN APRIL FOOL. WE HOPE YOU DIDN'T RUSH TO THE ZOO FOR A SEASON TICKET ;)

A potentially record-breaking carp related to Dick Walker's famous Redmire common has been found living in a forgotten recess of London Zoo.

The incredible discovery was made when workmen cleaned the huge underground filtration tanks at the Regent's Park attraction for the first time in decades.

The giant common, believed to weigh over 70lb, has not yet been officially weighed because zoo keepers returned it to a holding pond without realising its wider significance. However, it is significantly longer and wider than Big Rig, Britain's only other 70lb carp.

The underground filtration leads to the tank where the fish was found

The underground filtration leads to the tank where the fish was found

The fish, nicknamed Loofah by staff, is believed to have been spawned on site from Clarissa, Dick Walker's famous 44lb Redmire record which was brought to the zoo in the 1950s.

A government fish scientist said she believed the young fry slipped into the tank's filtration system and down into a large holding tank in bowels of the zoo, where it grew huge on the remnants of mackerel fed to the penguins.

The fish has now been released into a larger pool on site

The fish has now been released into a larger pool on site

Zoo keepers have been unable to recapture the monster carp since it was placed in a new pond, but one of their mates knew a man who did a week's carping in France last year so they have invited him down to fish for it.

The angler told Carpfeed: "It's massive, so I reckon it'll want a big bait. I've put three 22mm boilies on chod rigs and baited with munga. Hopefully I'll catch it soon." 

It is hoped the fish will be caught soon

It is hoped the fish will be caught soon