According to CNN, the park bragged of the feat as a "world first." They also posted photos of the fish in ice with such clever captions as: "I am d... d... drowning, s... s... suffocating."
Talking animals—not always adorable.
After the predictable backlash on Facebook and other social media, Space World manager Toshimi Takeda told CNN:
We were shocked to hear the reaction as the ice skate rink was very popular since it opened two weeks ago, we had an unprecedented number of visitors.
(But) we had endless opinions about the project, we were shocked ... We are sorry for the project and decided to close the rink on that night.
Worth noting is that Space World says they purchased the fish already deceased from a local market. They now plan to use them as fertilizer after an "appropriate religious service."
At this point, a religious service for the fish seems particularly farcical. One second you're skating on their graves, the next you're giving them a state funeral.
Ah, the good people of Space World. They should invest in some black cowboy hats and reopen with a whole new shtick.