17 Marzo 2017 17:11
Taylor Dean is a 19-year-old YouTuber from San Antonio, Texas, who uploads educational animal videos. Her friend Derek, 20, works at an aquarium shop in the same city.
A customer recently came to Derek with a goldfish that was suffering from swim bladder disease – a disorder that prevents fishes from controlling their buoyancy in the water. When the bladder is infected or deformed it can cause a fish to float to the top of the water, swim upside-down, or lean heavily to one side.
As this particular fish's problem was incurable – meaning it was condemned to spend its life stuck at the bottom of its tank – Derek had an idea for a way to help the little invalid out: he made a tiny goldfish wheelchair.
My friend made a wheelchair for a goldfish pic.twitter.com/QghXTY7rme
— Taylor Nicole Dean (@taylorndean) March 10, 2017
The story already has more than 25,000 retweets, 75,000 likes and and a whole load of comments – mainly expressing delight at this touching display of kindness towards our fishy friends.
i love the wheelchair goldfish more than i love myself
— kd (@hellapug) March 15, 2017
— ron stoppable (@beansaregreen) March 10, 2017
ive cried 4(?) times today one of them was bc of that goldfish with a wheelchair
— oppa winfrey ☆ d-9 (@collegejeongguk) March 15, 2017
And although most users have nothing but love for Taylor and Derek...
— chelsea (@chelseakrz) March 10, 2017
@taylorndean your friend is one of the reasons why humanity deserves a chance
— maggie ? finch (@malfoysmusic) March 11, 2017
@taylorndean you are teaching people that all animals no matter their handicap deserve love and support to live a normal life.
— Jonathon Neighbors (@jontneighbors) March 11, 2017
...there's just no pleasing some people.
imagine making a wheelchair for your goldfish but still eating meat
— eva (@TryJohnlock) March 11, 2017
Others are desperate to see the contraption in action.
@taylorndean please video tape and post the goldfish swimming in his wheelchair- I really want to see him using it. So cute.
— Dawn Marie (@MK_Bookworm) March 15, 2017
But so far Taylor has just added a couple of photos to show that the fish is doing just fine.