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Cannibal Goldfish Survive New Zealand Quake, Abandoned 134 Days


Wellington, New Zealand ~ (Associated Press) ~ We all know that Shaggy has a giant appetite.  A goldfish sharing the name with the famous crime solving Great Dane does not seem to share that same hunger however.  He has a cannibalistic, last stand kind of hunger.

A goldfish named Shaggy along with another named Daphne both survived 134 days without food following the awful February earthquake in Christchurch that took 181 casualties.

The goldfish were trapped in their tanks in the unsound and untouchable regions downtown with no one to feed them and no electricity to power their tank’s filter.  After 134 days, or about four and a half months, the fish were discovered and rescued.  The other four fish in the tank were not so fortunate.

When asked how goldfish could survive so long fish expert Paul Clarkson of the Monterrey Bay Aquarium in California responded, “I wouldn’t have guessed that fish could live on their own for four months.”  The fish fortunately dwelled in a large 26-gallon tank that contained weeds for them to eat.  Also, according to Clarkson, naturally forming bacteria in the tank may have helped keep the water clean and hospitable.  Weeds were not all the fish ate, however.

There is the question, of course, of the rest of the fish.  There were six fish before the earthquake and now only two remained.  One fish was found floating dead in the tank but the others had been eaten by Scooby and Daphne.  Goldfish are, after all, omnivores.

The fish were housed in an Accountant’s office in Christchurch and abandoned during the earthquake.  An employee, Vicky Thornley, was allowed back into the office on July 6th and an emergency worker alerted her to the surviving fish.  “I was astounded,” Thornley said.

Thornley gave the survivors to her son, Joshua, who named them Shaggy and Daphne to fit in with two other fish, Fred and Scooby.  Thornley was nervous to put these cannibal goldfish in her son’s fish tank but everything seems to have worked out fine.

According to expert Paul Clarkson, “Goldfish are very hardy critters.”

Photo Credit: publicdomainpictures.net (stock photo)

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