(FISH/PETS/ANIMAL NEWS) AUSTRALIA — A 10-year-old goldfish named George recently underwent life-saving surgery to remove a tumor from his brain. Amazingly, doctors were able to successfully complete the surgery, and George is expected to live for many more years.

Read on to learn about why George no longer has to live like a fish out of water. — Global Animal

George's surgery cost $180 to complete. Photo credit: Huffington Post
George’s surgery cost $180 to complete. Photo credit: Huffington Post

Huffington Post, Kimberly Yam

Looks like George the goldfish will get to float around its pond and munch on fish flakes for much longer.

Over the past year, the 10-year-old goldfish in Melbourne, Victoria, developed a brain tumor, affecting its ability to eat, swim and even interact with the other fish in his pond, according to KTRK.

“[The] fish was having trouble eating, getting around, getting bullied by the other fish,” Dr. Tristan Rich, a veterinarian at Lort Smith Animal Hospital, said according to the outlet.

Dr. Rich offered the fish’s owners, Lyn Orton and Pip Joyce, the option of putting the animal to sleep or paying for a life-saving operation to remove the tumor in its head, according to the Herald Sun. The owners, who weren’t ready to let go of their beloved pet, opted for the latter. Last week, the tumor was successfully removed from George’s head, and Orton says the goldfish could live for another 10 to 20 years.

Vets removed a tumor protruding from the head of George. Photo credit: Business Insider
Vets removed a tumor protruding from George’s head. Photo credit: Business Insider

“It was so impressive, everyone was just amazed,” Orton told the Herald Sun after George’s operation. “It wasn’t long before I was able to put him back in his pond with his little mates.”

Dr. Rich performed the procedure by first putting George in a bucket of water containing an anesthetic, according to the animal hospital’s Facebook page. After the goldfish was asleep, the vet began the operation. When the surgery was completed — and the large tumor successfully removed — George was given pain relievers and antibiotics, and began swimming again soon after.

While the procedure cost about AU$200 (US$180), George’s owners, who have a total of 39 goldfish in their pond, say it was worth it.

A tube containing anesthetic was filtered into George's water. Photo credit: Lort Smith Animal Hospital
A tube containing anesthetic was filtered into George’s water. Photo credit: Lort Smith Animal Hospital

“A goldfish is a pet, a family pet, just as important really,” Joyce said, according to ABC 13 “They bring a lot of pleasure, these fish in this pond, they’re beautiful to sit and watch.”

George has since returned to the pond he shares with his other fish friends and is “swimming happily,” Dr. Rich told the Sydney Morning Herald.

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