Humans aren’t the only ones who need wheelchairs – sometimes goldfish need them too.
A few weeks ago Derek, an aquarium shop worker, was trying to help a poor little goldfish afflicted with swim bladder disease. The fish couldn’t control its buoyancy and spent its entire life on the bottom of his tank. Sometimes a change of diet or water treatment can help fix this disease, but no treatment was working for this poor little fish, according to BuzzFeed.
So, Derek got inventive and made a goldfish wheelchair
The wheelchair is made with fish tank airline tubing, valves and a bit of styrofoam sized perfectly to balance the little goldfish.
“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.” Derek told BuzzFeed. “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.”
He texted his solution to a friend and fellow animal lover Taylor Dean
She was amazed at the effort he put into helping the little goldfish,but even more surprised at the world’s reaction when she tweeted Derek’s text.
When one working wheelchair wasn’t enough, Derek made a second more comfortable chair
Some people were brought to tears by Derek and the fish others cheered for the successes of humanity.
Some people wanted help for their own struggling fish
Derek has become a hero
Derek’s friend Taylor wasn’t lying when she told BuzzFeed, “People love animals and it’s something that can bring everyone together.”