'Life jacket' helps Einstein the disabled goldfish swim again
9:53 AM, May 2, 2013
BLACKPOOL, Calif. - Einstein the goldfish, who had lost the ability to swim, is afloat once more after his owner made him a special floating frame.
Einstein developed swim bladder disease, which caused him to turn upside down and sink to the bottom of his tank.
His owner, warehouse worker Leighton Naylor, was so distressed by the sight of his struggling pet, he knew he had to take matters into his own hands.
"He's always been a fighter so when he sunk to the bottom one day and couldn't get back up again it was a very sorry sight," Naylor said.
"It broke my heart to see him so helpless. He looked so depressed," said the 32-year-old.
He made Einstein a "floating frame" from recycled tubing, which fits perfectly over the fish's two-inch long body. (Mobile users click here to see video: http://5.wews.com/kDrIt )
"I wanted to build something that would allow Einstein to move his fins a little bit and be comfortable at the same time," Naylor said.
"He wriggled a bit at first and he wasn't too keen on the idea. He kept catching on to plants and getting stuck but since I've rearranged the tank to make it disability friendly he's been absolutely fine."