This Fish Got A Fake Eye… Because His Tank Friends Are A**HOLES.
How far would you go to improve the quality of life of your beloved pet? For most people, the answer is a no-brainer: You do whatever it takes to make your cat or dog healthy, no matter how much it costs or how much time you have to spend consulting with veterinary experts.
But what if your beloved pet wasn't a dog or a cat? What if it was a fish, an animal that, for whatever reason, doesn't often get the same level of respect or consideration as other house pets? If your fish suddenly became ill, would you take him to the vet, or just let nature run its course?
For this fish owner, there was never any doubt what was to be done once her fish, Kiwi, developed a cataract. Not wanting his quality of life to suffer, she did what she could to help him -- but she couldn't have planned for the awesomeness that her vet had in store. Learn about Kiwi the fish and his cool recovery story below.
This is Kiwi the fish. Until recently, he's had a pretty tough time getting along with the other fish in his tank. After he developed cataracts, the other fish seemed to turn on him, essentially bullying him for his disability.
That's where veterinarian Megan Baebler stepped in. Kiwi's owner wasn't sure what to do about his sudden rejection from tank society, so she brought him to Baebler at the Kersting Veterinary Hospital in Missouri.
Baebler and the clinic staff decided to perform surgery on Kiwi's ad eye, eventually opting to remove it entirely. But the problem wasn't entirely solved: With one eye, Kiwi looked different from the other fish, which is what caused them to pick on him in the first place.
So they took it a step further, creating Kiwi a prosthetic eye from a tiny piece of acrylic and a bit of paint. "I actually hand-painted the eye myself," Baebler said in a local TV interview. "I used a mixture of some nail polish and some eye shadow pigments, actually, to give it some iridescence."
It's now been a few weeks since the surgery, and according to his owner, Kiwi is happy and getting to his old self. Once he's reincorporated into the group aquarium, they'll be able to see how well he adapts -- and how they adapt to him.
"A lot of other people would say, 'Yes, put him down. Go ahead, it's just a fish,'" his owner said. "Well, my opinion is nothing is just a something. And if I could give him quality of life, why not?"