This is one of those adorable stories that will restore your faith in humanity, Leighton Naylor who owns a pet fish called Einstein made him a lifejacket after he developed a disease that prevented him from swimming!
Little fantail Einstein’s disease meant that he would turn upside down and sink to the bottom of his tank. It seemed doomed for the tiny critter, but then Naylor made him a lifejacket!
Naylor said, “When he couldn’t get back up, it was a sorry sight… It broke my heart to see him so helpless. He looked so depressed.”
So Naylor came to the rescue and used some recycled tubing to create a buoyancy aid that allowed Einstein to swim around the tank and stopped him sinking to the bottom of the tank.
Naylor, 32, from Blackpool, UK, said that Einstein wasn’t too keen on the idea at first, because he kept catching on stuff in the tank and getting stuck, so he rearranged the tank to make it “disability-friendly” and since then, the little fish has been doing just fine.
Einstein’s buoyancy aid means that he can’t reach the surface to feed, so Naylor passes him his food through a tube that he lowers into the water.
“People have said I’m crazy but every animal is a valued family member… 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.”
What an incredibly cute and heartwarming story!