Friday, May 05, 2006


I find 'em all. Consider this a fish tale with a happy ending.

In New Zealand a goldfish who lived in a garden pond and was swept away by floodwaters has been found alive in a roadside ditch more than a mile away.

Now if this isn't a miracle I don't know what is!

Seems that the fish had been swept away five days earlier in a storm and was presumed - well - in fishy heaven. However a farmer walking his dog recognized the fish as one of three belonging to his neighbors.

The fishes owner was obviously overjoyed that it had managed to survive but anyone who has owned tropical fish and neglected to clean the tank will tell you that dirty water isn't an impediment to their well being. In fact they seem to prefer it.

However, this does beg the question as to how the owner knew that this fish was "the" missing fish. After all there could be other fish in other ponds that were also swept away. What would have happened one wonders, if other fish owners claimed the found fish in question to be theirs? Could there have been a custody battle? It would have been difficult if not impossible for a judge to make a decision since it's rare that fish owners keep a copy of their fish's DNA at home. I mean, a gold fish is a gold fish is... Even a photo wouldn't help.

Anyway, the fish now named Nemo for obvious reasons, is back where it belongs (maybe) but there is no news or signs of his (or her) friends.

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