San Antonio man creates 'wheelchair' for struggling goldfish

By Ben Hooper
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March 15 (UPI) -- A Texas goldfish with a disorder preventing it from controlling its own buoyancy is once again swimming upright thanks to a "wheelchair."

Taylor Dean tweeted a photo of the goldfish "wheelchair" her friend Derek, a worker at a San Antonio aquarium, created for a customer whose fish suffered from swim bladder disease, also known as flipover.


"Wasn't able to hold himself up right and was stuck on the bottom. Not anymore! Thought you would get a kick out of it," Derek wrote in a text message to Dean.

The "wheelchair" consists of airline tubing wrapped around the fish along with valves at the bottom that act as the "chair." The device features Styrofoam at the top and weights at the bottom to keep the goldfish upright.

Dean posted fresh photos early Wednesday showing an upgraded version of the device.

"Just wanted to let you guys know wheelchair fish is still doing well and got an even more comfortable wheelchair," Dean tweeted.

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