Twitter was abuzz when YouTuber Taylor Nicole Dean shared her friend Derek’s heroic deed. Derek, who works at an aquarium shop, recently encountered a client’s ill goldfish. The poor pet suffers from the swim bladder disease, which prevents it from controlling its buoyancy in water.
When a goldfish’s swim bladder is deformed or infected, the animal loses its flotation stability. It can then float to the top of the water, lean heavily to one side, get stuck at the bottom of its tank, or swim upside down. Sadly, the goldfish Derek encountered has an incurable case of the swim bladder disease.
Not one to give up on his newly found fish friend, Derek thought of an ingenious solution – a goldfish wheelchair.
Because, really, who wouldn’t think of making an adorable little goldfish wheelchair?
According to Derek:
“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.”
When Derek told Taylor about what he did, the latter knew she had to share it with the world.
Taylor also made sure to update everyone, especially that our fish friend just got a wheelchair upgrade.
And of course, the Internet couldn’t deal with the cuteness and coolness of it all.
Even educators knew this was a big deal.
To Derek, it may have been just another day at the office. But to us all, it’s a day that changed a goldfish’s life forever.
Thai Surgeons Remove 915 ‘Good Luck’ Coins From Sea Turtle’s Stomach
No thanks to people’s superstition, a 25-year-old turtle ended up swallowing a total of 915 coins over the years.
In Thailand, there's a superstition about throwing coins into a pond that has a turtle living in it. Apparently, people believe that this would drive away bad luck and bring good fortune. Moreover, they think that the coin thrower would also be given the turtle's long life. It was this belief that led to one unfortunate turtle swallowing 915 coins.
You see, the turtle — which is estimated to be 25 years old — had been living in a pond in the Sri Racha district in Thailand's Chonburi province. It so happened that the local authorities had decided to develop the area where the pond was located.
The turtle was named "Om Sin," which means "Piggy Bank" in Thai.
Hippo Saves Antelope from Wild Dogs, Only to Turn Against it Afterwards
This predator versus prey story features a third party, and an unexpected twist.
Hippos are classified as among one of the most dangerous animals in Africa. Humongous and highly aggressive, they are very territorial and attack other animals if they feel threatened. They are even known to assault boats in the water and humans on land.
In South Africa, one particular hippo appeared to behave contrary to its nature when a pack of wild dogs chasing an antelope drove it into the hippo’s mud bath.
The antelope suddenly found itself “between a rock and a hard place.”
That ‘Guilty” Look Your Dog Gives You Isn’t Really Guilt, According To Dog Expert
Sometimes we, humans, have the tendency to misattribute dog emotions on human emotions.
Ever noticed your dog giving you those ‘guilty’ looks? You know, that look he gives when you’re obviously furious after he does something naughty - like chewing on your socks or your new furniture perhaps.
It is always easy for most of us to assume that the look means a feeling of guilt but if you’ll ask the experts, you’d be surprised with the explanation they have.
According to a dog expert, your dog’s ‘guilty’ look isn’t actually guilt – it is fear.
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