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article imagePuffer fish chases laser in viral video

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By Kim I. Hartman     Feb 25, 2012 in Odd News
Video footage of cats and dogs chasing laser pointers are commonplace on YouTube but the latest clip of a Leopard Puffer fish chasing a laser mounted to a Ruger LCP is going viral after it was posted on the video-sharing website.
Uploaded to YouTube by Prankcallzzz, the video's creator said the fish was not harmed by the intense light from the laser. He also claims the firearm used in the video was not loaded while he 'played' with his pet fish.
The video is less then a week old and has already received over a quarter million views on the popular site. It has been seen on the national news, and featured on Internet websites.
Commenters to the video clip ask if the fishes vision was at risk from the high tech laser. Others are impressed with the agile fish and its abilities to chase the rapidly moving dot of light.
Some suggested rewarding the fish, which appears to spot the source of the light at :42, with food after it completed the laser workout.
Ludwig Nyman said, "Lasers´╗┐ are not toys and can be potential harmful to animals." He warned viewers to be careful when pointing lasers.
One commenter said being conditioned to seeing worst-cast scenarios on the Internet had him concerned the gun would accidentally discharge and shatter the tank.
The video continues to trend as one of viewers favorites of the week on YouTubeTrends.
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