Man builds 'wheelchair device' to help disabled pet goldfish stay afloat

Joe Gamp
Contributor, Yahoo News UK

A “kind-hearted” pet owner has built a “wheelchair device” to help his disabled pet goldfish swim.

Henry Kim, 32, from Seoul, South Korea built the unique device after several of his pet goldfish died from an illness called swim bladder disorder.

The ailment causes fish to float upside down or to sink to the bottom of their bowl.

A kind-hearted man in South Korea has built a wheelchair™ device to help his disabled goldfiish swim (CATERS)

The aquarium enthusiast, who keeps over 20 goldfish in three different tanks in his house, used plastic components to create a flotation device which he calls a ‘wheelchair’.

The fashion designer said his invention was the result of hours of research and online tutorials.

Mr Kim said: “Swim bladder disorder can be caused by many reasons such as overeating or unclean waters.

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"I normally find it in fish that have been imported to Korea from Thailand or China.

“Fish with this issue only live a couple of months, but thanks to this device, one of my fish has lived to be five months old.

"My wheelchair helps them stay afloat and have a longer life."

Many of Henry Kim's goldfish died due to swim bladder disorder, which causes fish to float upside down or sink (CATERS)

Swim bladder disorder - sometimes referred to as “flipover” - is often caused by intestinal parasites or constipation, and can be induced from over-feeding.

The swim bladder is an internal organ that helps fish to maintain buoyancy in water.

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