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We all worry about our fish suffering, so Henry Kim created a goldfish 'wheelchair"

In a fairy-tale transformation engineered by man, the dull, grey carp was bred to a metallic sheen more than a millennium ago.
 
"Oh, wet pet," American poet Ogden Nash wrote in pithy summation of the humble goldfish, whose habitat is, by tradition, a glass bowl anchored by the faux luxury of a gravel-bound ceramic castle. But the reality is more complex, suggests a new book by Anna Marie Roos, a professor of the history of science and medicine at the University of Lincoln.

PSYCHOLOGIST Richard Wiseman’s taste for quirky science is well known, so his pet personality project should come as no surprise. In an online survey, he asked people to rate their pets for things like friendliness and neuroticism. Over half of fish owners said their watery friends had a good sense of humour. Fish apparently appreciate a joke more than cats, horses and birds – but not as much as dogs. Reptiles entirely fail to see the funny side of things, according to their owners.

Simply amazing; check out both the story and a collection of his work.  
 

According to this story our Koi get drunk in the winter!
 
During the winter, goldfish and their relatives can have a blood-alcohol concentration beyond the legal limit for drink driving.
Scientists have figured out how goldfish produce alcohol to survive when trapped beneath the icy surfaces of frozen lakes and ponds.Unlike most vertebrates which die within a few minutes without oxygen, goldfish and their wild relatives crucian carp are able to survive for months in low oxygen water.
 

Our fish just might be lonely and sad without us!
Fish at a popular aquarium in Australia have begun to show signs of depression after the facility was closed to the public in mid-March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Our fish just might be lonely and sad without us!
Fish at a popular aquarium in Australia have begun to show signs of depression after the facility was closed to the public in mid-March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Goldfish Pool at Chartwell was the last painting created by British politician, writer, army officer, and painter Winston Churchill. It was believed to have been created somewhere around 1962 after he retired from his position.
 
https://www.the-artists.org/goldfish-pool-at-chartwell/

The Goldfish Pool at Chartwell was the last painting created by British politician, writer, army officer, and painter Winston Churchill. It was believed to have been created somewhere around 1962 after he retired from his position.
 
https://www.the-artists.org/goldfish-pool-at-chartwell/

THE UNKNOWN SIDE OF WINSTON CHURCHILL
Churchill's last work in oil
Winston Churchill turned to painting around 1914 but by 1962 he had all but stopped. Churchill's bodyguard Edmund Murray encouraged the aging statesman to take up his paintbrushes one last time. As a subject, Churchill chose his estates goldfish pond, where he spent Sundays with his grandkids. He gifted the work to Murray. "The Goldfish Pond at Chartwell" earned 357,000 GBP at a Sotheby's auction.

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