Woman spends £300 on goldfish
A woman spent nearly £300 on her goldfish.
The owner rushed her pet - whose average lifespan in captivity is between five and 10 years - to the Brisbane Bird and Exotics Veterinary Services centre in Queensland, Australia, after it got a pebble from its tank wedged in its throat.
A spokesperson for the centre said: "It's certainly not uncommon for fish to pick up pebbles in their tanks, however they are usually able to expel them without any dramas."
The vet decided that the fish - who is called Conquer - needed surgery to remove the stone and dropped some anaesthetic into his water until he fell asleep.
The vet then managed to pull out the large black pebble from his neck with a slim instrument and placed Conquer in a recovery tank, which contained clean water, until he was allowed to go home the next day.
The spokesperson explained: "While there has been quite a lot of fuss made over the cost of the procedure, we are really just focused on getting a great outcome for the pet, and their worried owner.
"It really came down to the fact that his mum is so observant. Had she not noticed the subtle changes in her pet, he would surely have starved. Most people wouldn't bat an eyelid spending this money on a dog, cat or child, so why would we value our beautiful exotic pets any less.
"Each person who comes through the door, cares deeply for their pet, and has sought out a specialist opinion in order to achieve a great outcome for their creature.
"All of our staff keep exotic pets, so we absolutely respect the love and commitment it takes to manage them well."