Valid: Woman Spends $500 For Surgery After Pet Goldfish Chokes On Pebble

September 14, 2016

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A 21-year goldfish owner in Brisbane, Australia recently paid $500 for a vet to perform surgery and remove a pebble from her fish Conquer after the rock become lodged in the fish's throat. Pets: we'll do anything for them. My roommate could choke and die and I wouldn't get off the couch but my dog coughs once and I'm running red lights all the way to the vet.

Conquer was taken in for emergency surgery, anesthetized, and prepped to have the pebble removed.


The procedure reportedly cost Conquer's owner $500 (Conquer was $12 at a pet store). However, the vets applauded her for taking the action she did for her fish.

"It really came down to the fact that his mum is so observant," the spokesperson said. "Had she not noticed the subtle changes in her pet, he would surely have starved."

I am happy to report that Conquer is back home and doing great. Sure $500 might seem like a lot of money, but a properly cared for goldfish can live up to 25 years you know. That's a long-time companion. I mean, provided you actually buy some fish flakes and stop feeding it pebbles.

Hit the jump for shots of the entire procedure.

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Thanks to my hairless, who's dropped over $1,000 on vet blils for his pet rock.

  • htxfla

    She literally could've done that herself

  • SHOUTING

    Well at least he had something wrong with him. I just spunked 550 USD on my girlfriend's new kitten because she was being a bit lethargic and generally peaky-looking. X-rays, blood work, jabs and a stool sample later she's running around like a madcunt, back to her old self before any of the results have even come in. Fuck me dead.

  • "spunked 550 USD?" That's a talent.

  • tim

    Fish can't choke to death, at least not in the air-breathing sense. Choking involves restricting the breathing passages, and gravel would not interfere with breathing. Goldfish slurp up gravel all the time to sift through organic matter (they're carp, remember). Maybe this goldfish's attempt at swallowing gravel should've been taken as a message - that they were bred for their looks, and not their smarts, and they should've allowed natural selection to take this one out of the gene pool.

  • Titty McNipplefondler

    I wish I would have specialized in Goldfish in college.

  • Enkidu98

    You know, at least the goldfish cost her $12. You we're free and your parents took you to the Dr etc and ended up spending well more than $500 bucks and all you turned out to be was a miserable judgemental turd on the internet.

  • Jenness

    Maybe it's like Comet, that goldfish can do 9 tricks including put balls through hoops and all sorts of cool stuff. Here's a video but skip to the 2:06 to see the actual tricks: https://www.youtube.com/wat... He can fetch, slalom - lots of cool stuff.

  • Wiley

    even though most of the tricks are repeats that was not something I expected. Impressive.

  • Romina Simanovskaya

    yall people spend $500 on candy crush dont be hatin

  • PUNX

    maybe he was trying to commit suicide and she ruined his plans

  • GeneralDisorder

    Goldfish have no "I'm not hungry" mechanism so they'll literally eat themselves to death. And it's not just goldfish that do that. Lots of different species of fish will if they're given the chance.

    Also goldfish have been known to swim into tight spaces and get stuck. And of course as we know also eat non-food object and starve to death.

    What I'm saying here is, it's a damned miracle that goldfish ever survive more than a few hours.

  • My pug tries to do that everyday.

  • Jason Christopher

    New goldfish may have cost about $5.

  • Bling Nye

    "However, the vets applauded her for taking the action she did for her fish."

    Hooray, we have $500 more now than we just did a minute ago!

  • Deksam

    Flush fish, not money.

  • Wiley

    Really? You charged the lady 500 bucks for her fish to swim around in some anisthetic chemicals and use tweezers? The medical world is so fucked in general.

  • tyr2180

    Cost is totally reasonable: that tupperware dish can't be reused now. Well, except for leftovers from Red Lobster.

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