A goldfish is probably the last thing you think may need a life jacket, but as it turns out, this little goldfish’s life has turned around — literally.
The poor goldfish was stuck swimming upside down after it developed a buoyancy disorder AKA swim bladder. Thankfully though, the life jacket was just what was needed to save the fish from spending the rest of its life upside down
The unfortunate goldie found himself constantly living upside down and at the bottom of his tank after contracting the untreatable illness.
See the goldfish lifejacket in action:
Unprepared to see him suffer his family sought help from a nearby animal sanctuary.
Stacey O’Shea, founder of The Garden Sanctuary from Wolverhampton, UK, used her animal expertise to craft a special lifejacket.
O’Shea used tiny plastic tubing, the t junctions that are used in air conditioning filters, and some polystyrene to create a tiny goldfish lifejacket. It is also weighted just enough to keep the wearer upright without dragging it to the bottom of the tank.
Good Samaritan Stacey even periodically changes the polystyrene and cuts it into different sizes so that the fish can swim at other levels and see every part of the tank.
Stacey, 41, said: “He had been living on the bottom of his tank upside down for some time and his lovely family were desperate to get him help so he came to us.”