Life jacket saves football-playing goldfish from drowning

Posted Apr 24, 2013 by Lesley Lanir
A fantail goldfish who kept floating upside down has been saved by his owner's home-made buoyancy jacket. The goldfish now swims again and can carry on being trained to play fish football.
In a Japanese study  a part of a goldfish s brain was frozen with lidocaine  making it unable to be ...
In a Japanese study, a part of a goldfish's brain was frozen with lidocaine, making it unable to be afraid.
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The Daily Express reports of a caring owner who built a life jacket out of tubes in order to save his fantail goldfish.
The fantail named Einstein had developed a disease causing him to float upside down and sink.
His owner, Leighton Naylor from Blackpool, on the north west coast of England, said that,
“It broke [his] heart to see him so helpless. He looked so depressed."
So, Mr Naylor a 32-year-old warehouse worker connected recycled tubing and made a support jacket to help Einstein float and swim in an upright position.
Mr Naylor said that the goldfish "wriggled a bit a first and he wasn’t too keen on the idea. He kept catching on to plants and getting stuck. But since I’ve rearranged the tank to make it disability-friendly, he has been fine.”
The hand-made recyclable life-jacket may keep Einstein afloat but he cannot swim to the surface for food. Mr Naylor has solved this problem by hand feeding his fish through a tube that he puts into the water.
Although people have mentioned to Mr Naylor that they think he is crazy he says that he views his fish as "a valued family member."
It seems that Mr Naylor trains his goldfish in sporting activities since the Daily Express report him as saying:
“I’ve tried to train all of my fish but Einstein’s my star pupil. He can swim through my fingers and he was getting into fish football when he fell sick.”
Other goldfish ailments and how to treat them can be found here and here.