When an unfortunate accident caused damage to Nemo’s egg it left one of his fins smaller than the other, which is affecting his ability to swim. In real life though, an adorable goldfish received the help that is not ordinary, not even extraordinary. It is rather phenomenal! This little aquarium resident was suffering from an incurable bladder disorder. But it did receive warm care, love and affection from its owner and a concerned aquarium employee. The adorable fish is now assisted by a “wheelchair” to help it swim again.
According to the pet owner, the swim bladder of this goldfish got infected — by bacteria or some type of parasites affecting its floatation stability. Fortunately, even though this tiny goldfish doesn’t have the ability to hold itself upright and ends up getting stuck to the bottom of the fish tank, it has supportive humans. A concerned person named Derek who works at the local aquarium shop came up with a mini wheelchair. The “wheelchair” is fastened to a piece of styrofoam allowing the goldfish to float.
Before Derek created the tiny wheelchair, he tried every water treatments and diet adjustments possible for the little goldfish. Sadly, none of it worked. On its own, the goldfish can only swim upside-down, or leaning heavily to one side, until it sinks down the bottom of its tank. Here’s what Derek told Buzzfeed:
“I got some airline tubing that people usually use in their tank and just placed it around the goldfish. I added some valves to the bottom of it, which acted as a ‘chair’ to prop him up. I added weights to the bottom of the ‘chair’ and something to keep him afloat on top (styrofoam), and slowly removed pieces until I achieved just the right buoyancy to make it easy for him to swim around without feeling like he’s dragging around a chair.”
YouTuber Taylor Nicole Dean is a friend of Derek’s. The 19-year-old shared a screenshot of her text messages exchange with Derek on Twitter regarding the improvised fish wheelchair. Obviously, if you aren’t a fish lover, it is quite unusual to even imagine a fish in a wheelchair. Dean’s tweet made a whopping 79,000 likes, 210,000 retweets and 200 comments as of yet.
Many netizens are overwhelmed, touched and moved by Derek’s gesture for our little goldfish friend. They shouted out his name to send their utmost praises and appreciation for his kindness.
“you are teaching people that all animals no matter their handicap deserve love and support to live a normal life.” — @jontneighbors
“your friend is one of the reasons why humanity deserves a chance.” — @malfoysmusic
Taylor Nicole Dean also posted an update about the upgraded goldfish wheelchair. It is now less bulky, and by the looks of it, the little fella is very comfortable. Of course, as anticipated it became a heart melting subject on Twitter.
Just wanted to let you guys know wheelchair fish is still doing well and got an even more comfortable wheelchair pic.twitter.com/AwjeJU0pFL
— Taylor Nicole Dean (@taylorndean) March 15, 2017
Some people impressed by Derek’s smart fish device are asking him for help to create one for their own goldfish pets. Maybe Derek should make this a business for himself, it will benefit many fish friends.
Help! My fish has the same issue! Upside down for a month & I have to hand feed. Can he pm me?
— Wendy Rosenfield (@WendyRosenfield) March 15, 2017
I have been hand feeding a fancy goldfish for around 4 years now. 10 yr old fish. Daily ritual. Some training.
— Derek (@DRWolf0112358) March 16, 2017
I think Walt Disney Pictures and Pixar should collaborate again to create a story about this handicapped goldfish, following the box office success of “Finding Nemo.”
As the saying goes, when there’s a will, there’s a way. Great job Derek! Please share this post with your friends on Facebook!