Life jackets for fish........

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Aug 8, 2001
I'm not sure what to say about this one....

Goldfish owner makes wine cork life jacket for poorly pet

A goldfish owner has created a life jacket for his poorly pet out of a wine cork and an elastic band.

Graham Morrison from Middlesbrough made the aid after his pet fish Gandalf's swim bladder started failing.

The swim bladder acts like a balloon to help keep fish buoyant.

The fish was finding it difficult to reach food flakes floating on the top of his tank.

Mr Morrison cut a cork in half and placed the parts on either side of the fish, wrapping them around it with an elastic band.

The 33-year-old told The Sun: "He was starving and looking sorrowfully at the other fish feeding away as he wriggled about, unable to get off the bottom of the tank.

"He might look funny now but at least he is swimming about with great agility. In fact, Gandalf is playing with his plastic plants and eating his food like there's no tomorrow."

Marine biology expert Zahra D'Aronville of the Blue Reef Aquarium at Tynemouth said: "The swim bladder acts like a balloon full of air inside a fish and keeps it buoyant. Hopefully, the problem with this one will heal itself so it won't have to keep swimming around with a cork permanently strapped to it."

, Dave
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