Brain Tumor Successfully Removed From Pet Goldfish

September 19, 2014


10-year old George the goldfish is doing swimmingly following a 45-minute procedure to remove a brain tumor (links to whole story with pictures of the whole process). Because apparently that's something that can be done. Next stop: turning the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles back into regular turtles.

Dr. Tristan Rich of the Lort Smith Animal Hospital in Melbourne said George, a 10-year-old goldfish, underwent surgery last week to remove a brain tumor that was "affecting his quality of life" and the fish is now "swimming happily in the pond."

Rich said the 45-minute procedure, which cost the fish's owner about $180, was tricky because he had to be "very careful about blood loss," with the fish only able to lose about half a milliliter of blood -- about .02 of an ounce -- safely.

Pets: people love them. Even fish. Hell, even rocks. I used to have a pet rock that I carried around with me everywhere I went. Until one day *sniffle* he just ran away. "You threw him through a neighbor's window." I SAID HE RAN AWAY.

Thanks to someone who left the name field blank when sending their tip, who's apparently too humble to take credit for anything.

  • MarianaWay

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  • AtomicMountain

    Orangie's pretty f*ckin' tough.

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  • twoeggshuffle

    Bullshit. Doctors swapped the goldfish for a new one and no one ever knew the difference.

  • Jenness

    So for $180 a surgeon can perform micro-neurosurgery on an animal outside of it's natural water habitat but for my ridiculously expensive Obamacare plan $180 won't even get me seen by a doctor but a "healthcare assistant" for routine blood work. That makes sense.

  • disqus_k2QxOV9H7Z

    See the sources, it was not micro-neurosurgery. It was just a blob of meat growing on top of the fish head.

  • Guest

    medical insurance is a scam.
    Just bury your money in a jar in the back yard and deal with a doctor directly under the table.
    its the business monkeys and bureaucracy that suck all the money out of it.

  • disqus_k2QxOV9H7Z

    One of the sources says that it was a head tumor and not a brain tumor, what makes more sense. And it was affecting his quality of life by making it harder for the fish to swim and eat.

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