As you leave the zoo from the West Gate, walk along Shinobazu Pond. This huge pond is divided into three: "Boat Pond"(Boto-ike), "Lotus Pond" (Hasuno-ike) and the "Cormorant Pond" (U no sumu-ike). This last pond may be a little foul-smelling and hosts a good-sized population of cormorants.
Cormorant (u) : Large, voracious diving bird with webbed toes and a hooked beak. This bird is famous for "U kai" in the Nagara River. "U kai" is a traditional Japanese fishing method. Fishermen use the leashed cormorants to catch the fish and then have the bird spit the catch out. Pretty imaginative, eh? and very effective!