something to honk about
It’s not everyday someone gets to say those words. Goldfish are notorious for dying. Am I right? Out of five goldfish we’ve had together as a family, we still have two. Those aren’t great odds. Today one of our goldfish beat the odds and survived a catastrophe.
This morning when I got up, at 7:15 am, to get my kids ready for school, I went into the kitchen. I immediately saw that the smaller of our two goldfish, Maya, was out of the tank on the kitchen counter in a narrow space between the tank and the wall. And covered in ants. We’ve been battling ants all week and they’ve been coming in droves for the tiniest bits of food.
Well, I obviously thought for sure Maya was dead. Somehow she had jumped out of the tank during the night. My natural response was,
“Oh no. Oh no. Oh no.”
And I moved the tank to get her away from the ants. My kids, who were just waking up, came rushing out of the bedroom to see her poor little body covered in swarming ants. I grabbed a paper towel to pick her up and I saw her gills move.
“Oh my god, she’s still alive! She’s trying to breathe!”
I quickly picked her up and dropped her back in the fish tank. She sank to the bottom and landed on her side, ants came off her and floated away, she panted her gills, sucking in water. And she slowly began to recover. After fifteen minutes she was struggling to swim to the top of the tank.
I’m telling you, there were so many ants. Her skin looked dry. She had to have been out for over an hour, possibly much longer. I don’t know.
She is still struggling a bit, but swimming around. It looks like she is going to live. How about that?!
Update: Maya the goldfish died at 4:12 pm today due to the injuries sustained. RIP Maya.