A Fish’s addiction to chocolate is off the scale!August 3, 2011
Gary had to go to rehab, though he said no, no, no. With the help of experts, he’s now clean and happily swimming around at The Sea Life London Aquarium. You see, Gary is a giant Gourami fish and he’s been weaned off a diet of chocolate. I kid you not.
Apparently, Gary’s previous owner had been feeding him solely on Kit Kat chocolate – and he had turned to fat. The keepers at the London Aquarium took him in and said: “have a break, son, don’t have a Kit Kat” and slowly weaned him off the devil’s food by putting tiny pieces of crushed Kit Kat inside grapes. OK, this is clearly a revelation to me, if not to you, dear reader. I didn’t know fish liked sweet things, never mind Kit Kat and grapes. I had an aquarium when I was a young ‘un, and the fish in that tank did very well on that funny flaky smelly stuff that you shook onto the surface of the water. That’s what they eat. That, and worms. And plankton. And smaller fish. But Gourami fish like fruit, apparently, and it was our Gary’s misfortune to have the type of numpty owner who would feed him chocolate. He was chomping on the chocolate covered wafers like they were going out of fashion and soon ran out of belt notches, hence the spell in fish boot camp. Now he’s a lean, mean, swimming machine with no lasting damage.
But Gary’s not that unusual. His story highlights the problem of people buying pets without doing the necessary research. It soon becomes apparent that the pet is too big or too expensive to keep. It’s then either given away, or destroyed. The doe-eyed cutie in the pen, or the tank today, becomes the monster of tomorrow.
Do you know of any pets that have been fed unusual food? Did you feed them? Did your pet start off as one thing, but grew up to be something quite different?