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Bullied Fish Gets Prosthetic Eye
by KindMeal.my, 07 July 2016
Bullied Fish Gets Prosthetic Eye

A one-eyed fish in Missouri got a prosthetic eye to stop his fellow tankmates bullying him.

The fish's owner, Julie Morgan, said Kiwi's tankmates would harass him after figuring out he was half-blind.
'They figured out which eye was not working,' Morgan told KTVI. 'They'd go up behind him, biting his tail. He had chunks of his tail taken out.'

Morgan turned to her veterinarian, Dr. Megan Baebler, who came up with a solution: a tiny prosthetic eye. 'It's going to be the best chance for him to be able to lead a normal life in his tank,' Baebler told KTVI.

The cost for the hand-made prosthetic eye, including surgery, was estimated at 'hundreds of dollars', but Baebler gave Kiwi's owner a discount. Baebler hand-painted the eye with nail polish, and even gave the fish anesthesia before implanting the prosthetic.

'We pulled up water that has anesthesia in it and it's running through this tube into the mouth and washing over the gills,' Baebler said. Morgan said she didn't care if people would call her a 'crazy fish lady' for putting so much effort into bettering the life of a fish.

'A lot of other people would say yes, put him down,' Morgan told KTVI. 'Go ahead, it's just a fish. Well, my opinion is nothing is just a something. And if I could give him quality of life, why not? If they thought I was a crazy fish lady for doing all this for one fish? That's ok, I accept everyone's opinion. It's an unusual story. But what a story.'

Kiwi is being kept in a separate tank for now, but will soon return to his tankmates, KTVI reported. It remains to be seen whether the bullying will continue.

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