Miracle Goldfish Survives Out Of Water For SEVEN Hours

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When you find your goldfish floating belly up in its tank, it’s reasonable to assume the worst.So when Carol Norris spotted her pet Mr Fish in that fatal position, she reached for the tissues.It wasn’t to wipe away the tears but rather to wrap him up until she had a minute to bury him.

The school dinner lady placed him at the bottom of the empty bath tub – safe from her five cats – while she popped out on a shopping trip.Seven hours later she returned home and prepared for Mr Fish’s final farewell.But as she lifted him out of the bath, swaddled with tissue paper, he twitched back to life.

Miss Norris rushed him to the kitchen sink, turned on the tap and watched in amazement as Mr Fish’s fins slowly started to flap.Seeing him try to right himself in the water, she transferred him to a small bowl and used a glass to wedge him in an upright position.

Now, less than a week later, Mr Fish has made a full recovery and is back in his tank, swimming around as he always did.Miss Norris said: ‘I was really upset when I found him because we have had him for ages. Thirteen years is a long time.’I had wrapped him up like a mummy and when I picked him up the tissue was all stuck to him and then he suddenly started moving.

‘I screamed when he flipped in my hand. I was amazed but it was quite spooky – I don’t know if they go into a coma.’When I get up in the morning I wonder whether he’s still alive but he’s a hard little fish.’Apparently they can live up to 50 so he could be around for a while yet.’

Mr Fish belongs to Ammba – the daughter of Miss Norris and her partner Darren Bradnick – who won him at a fun fair when she was five and carried him home in a plastic bag.
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He has lived in a simple foot-long tank ever since and survived four other fish that have come and gone.Mr Bradnick, 40, a web designer, said: ‘It’s amazing – he’s swimming around now in his tank as if nothing happened.’We’ve been thinking about getting him a bigger tank for a while but we might actually do it now. I think he deserves it.’

Experts say that Miss Norris may have saved Mr Fish’s life by wrapping him in tissue.Mark Lloyd, chief executive of the Angling Trust, said it was likely the fish survived by extracting oxygen from the water trapped in the wrapping.The damp tissue may also have kept him cool and calm, lowering his metabolic rate.Mr Lloyd said: ‘If their gills are wet they can pass oxygen across the membrane of their gills into their bloodstream.

‘If the fish isn’t exerting itself, it won’t need as much oxygen.’Some types of fish can cope out of water for quite long periods. Goldfish are pretty resilient.’

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