How Come This 'Tiny' Goldfish Needs a Life Jacket to be Saved?

Published February 16th, 2021 - 08:24 GMT
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A goldfish with a buoyancy disorder needed a life jacket to help it float properly.

A goldfish is probably the last of God’s creatures you might think needs a life jacket.

However, it was just what was needed to rescue this fish from spending the rest of its life upside down after it developed a buoyancy disorder.

The unfortunate fish found himself living upside at the bottom of his tank after a bout of swim bladder - a disorder which affects buoyancy - was found to be untreatable.

Unprepared to see him suffer his family sought help from a nearby animal sanctuary.


Stacey O’Shea, who runs The Garden Sanctuary from her home in Wolverhampton, set about making the goldfish a special lifejacket using tiny plastic tubing and t junctions normally used for air conditioning filters before adding polystyrene to help weigh him down.

Caring Stacey even changed the polystyrene periodically - cutting it to different sizes - so the fish could swim at other levels and see various parts of the tank.

And now a video of the fish swimming happily in the life jacket has gone viral after it was posted online.

Stacey, 41, said: “He had been living on the bottom of his tank upside down for sometime and his lovely family were desperate to get him help so he came to us.”

This article has been adapted from its original source.

© Associated Newspapers Ltd.

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