From: Associated Press
Published April 3, 2006 12:00 AM

Tibetan Women Launch Campaign to Save Fish at Sacred Nepal Pond

KATMANDU, Nepal — A group of Tibetan women has saved hundreds of fish from perishing in a drying 17th century pond built by a Nepalese king to help his queen ease the pain of their son's death, a newspaper reported Sunday.

Officials have failed to fill up Rani Pokhar, or queen's pond, due to a water shortage in the capital, Katmandu, where many citizens have to buy water from tankers operated by private contractors.

After realizing the fish were going to die, the women -- among thousands of Tibetans who have come to Nepal to escape Chinese rule in their homeland -- raised money to buy water to fill the pond, The Himalayan Times newspaper reported.

"It was heart-wrenching to see the pond getting so dry. We come here to feed the fish here everyday and we realized that there was hardly any water, only a layer of mud," Chhorten Lama, one of the women, was quoted as saying.

"We did it because we thought that our one small effort could save hundreds of fish living in this unfortunate pond," she said.

The Rani Pokhari pond was built in 1670 by King Pratap Malla to ease the grief of his wife, who had just lost her beloved son.

Source: Associated Press

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