Disabled goldfish gets underwater 'wheelchair'

A "buoyancy-challenged" goldfish swims around in a special harness designed by her owner.

(Screenshot by Michelle Starr/CNET Australia)

A "buoyancy-challenged" goldfish swims around in a special harness designed by her owner.

Little Ada the telescope-eyed goldfish had a problem: she couldn't float. So her owner, YouTube user synirr, crafted her a little goldfish-style "wheelchair" — a sling that keeps her upright and, if not exactly floating, at least not sinking.

It's one of the most bizarrely adorable things we've seen. The contraption, constructed of a plastic frame, is attached to the top of the tank by a piece of fishing wire. The frame cradles Ada's little body, while the wire keeps her from sinking and allows her some movement around the tank. It's not quite as fancy as Susan Austin's diving wheelchair (it doesn't even have wheels), but it does the job.

Because Ada can't float, she can't swim to the top of the tank for food, either. Synirr has to feed her by hand.


The internet can be a strange beast. The video has actually been around since December 2010 — only really attracting attention in the last few days. So if you're on YouTube wondering why you're not getting any views, just give it a few years...

Synirr's other two videos of Ada can be found here and here.

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