Goldfish Undergoes Brain Surgery

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A couple in Australia has spent hundreds on surgery for their beloved goldfish of 10 years — and guess what? ‘George’ is expected to make a full recovery and live another 20!

According to Seven Network, George developed a large growth on his head during the past year and was being bullied by other fish in his pond. That’s when Pip Joyce took George to see Dr. Tristan Rich. “Fish was having trouble eating, getting around, getting bullied by the other fish,” Rich said.

The remedy? Brain surgery. Teeny, tiny brain surgery. Amazing.

“Just the way he was able to put the fish to sleep, I think; and then stitching it up a little bit, minute little fishy stitches,” Joyce said. A tube feeding water from George’s pond kept his gills wet during surgery.

After an hour-long procedure, George was free and clear.

“Quite intricate little surgery really. Controlling the blood loss is really important in such a small patient — and then closing up did prove quite difficult because there wasn’t much skin to deal with,” Richter said.

George is recovering at home in his pond and probably will not remember his ordeal for long; goldfish are said to have only a three-month memory.

But his owners will never forget saving George.

“Yeah, it’s a goldfish, all creatures great and small. A goldfish is a pet — a family pet — just as important really. They bring a lot of pleasure, these fish in this pond. They’re beautiful to sit and watch,” Joyce said.