Goldfish With An Incurable Disease Fitted With A 'Wheelchair' So It Can Swim Again. Photos
Posted On 20/03/2017
A goldfish with an incurable bladder disease has been fitted with a ‘wheelchair’ so it can swim again. The inventor of the device, Derek, from San Antonio, Texas, fitted the fish with a makeshift wheelchair after a customer approached him at the aquarium he works at to ask about the disease.
The fish suffers from swim bladder disease, which prevents it from controlling its buoyancy in the water. The swim bladder is an organ that helps fish stay stable in the water, but when it’s deformed or infected, it can cause a fish to swim upside down or float to the top of the tank. The fish in question couldn’t hold itself upright and was often stuck at the bottom of a fish tank.
When diet changes and water treatments failed, Derek decided to make a one-of-a-kind ‘goldfish wheelchair’ that would prop the fish up and allow it to stay afloat.