Man Builds His Disabled Goldfish A Float To Help Him Live His Best Life
We like to think that if our pet was suffering, we'd ease their pain in any way we could. And one man has proved all animals deserve the best chance at life possible, no matter how big or small, by creating a 'wheelchair' for his disabled goldfish.
Fashion designer Henry Kim, 32, is an underwater enthusiast who keeps over 20 goldfish in an aquarium at his home in Seoul, South Korea.
However, he discovered that many of his fish were dying due to swim bladder disease, also known as swim bladder disorder or flipover, which causes fish to float upside down or sink to the bottom of their tank.
Desperate to save his fish, Henry worked on creating a floatation device to be attached to the fish's body.
After researching on Google, and mixing what he had learnt from many different tutorials, Henry cleverly created what he calls a fish 'wheelchair', made of plastic components which hold air, keeping the fish afloat.
Henry has tested his invention on one fish, which he claims has gone on to live for months longer than expected thanks to the swimming aid.
Henry said: "Swim bladder disorder can be caused by many reasons such as overeating or unclean waters.
"I normally find it in fish that have been imported to Korea from Thailand or China.
"Fish with this issue only live a couple of months, but thanks to this device, one of my fish has lived to be five months old.
"My wheelchair helps them stay afloat and have a longer life."
Swim bladder disease is common in goldfish, and affects the swim bladder, the organ that controls fish's buoyancy allowing it to float without wasting too much energy swimming. The disease, which can be caused by parasites or constipation from over feeding, can be treated by feeding the fish green peas, thought to counteract the constipation.
Swim bladder disease can also be operated on by fish surgeons who can partially remove the bladder affected.
Can we get Henry's wheelchair mass produced, please?
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