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Doctors Perform Lifesaving Surgery On George The Goldfish

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After George the goldfish developed a life-threatening tumor, veterinarians performed a lifesaving procedure and the fish is now as good as new.

A couple from Melbourne, Australia spent about $200 to save their beloved pet’s life.  They were so attached to the 10-year-old goldfish that putting George down wasn’t even an option.

When they discovered the tumor, they took George to Lort Smith Animal Hospital in Melbourne.  The vets operated on the fish for 45 minutes and removed the tumor.

Dr. Tristan Rich, head of Lort Smith’s exotic and wildlife veterinarian team, had George swim in a bucket laced with anesthetic, because the fishy needed to be given general anesthetics.  After completing the procedure, the team put George in a bucket of normal water, gave him painkillers and the brave fish quickly started swimming around, like he was never sick.

According to the hospital’s Facebook page, the surgery went “swimmingly” and George has returned home.  If George remains healthy, he might live another 20 years.

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