A goldfish believed to be a dumped funfair prize has been found alive in a plastic bag after washing up on the beach.
The tiny fish, now called Goldie, was still bobbing around in its clear bag of fresh water when it washed ashore in Prestatyn on the Welsh coast.
Goldie was found by beachgoer Nicola Panayi, 40, who spotted it on the shore as she took for a morning swim. It is suspected that the tiddler was cruelly thrown into the water.
In a tale not unlike the hit Pixar film Finding Nemo, Goldie survived a miraculously journey whilst being sealed away from the sea water and predators. The fish has since been rehomed.
However, despite the happy ending, animal lovers are furious and shocked at the cruelty by whoever dumped Goldie in the first place, branding the action as ‘disgraceful’.
The tiny fish, now called Goldie, was still bobbing around in its clear bag of fresh water when it washed ashore in Prestatyn on the Welsh coast. Goldie was found by beachgoer Nicola Panayi, 40, who spotted it on the shore as she took for a morning swim
It is suspected that the tiddler was cruelly thrown into the water. Goldie has since been adopted by local mother Rosie Lyons
Ms Panayi found Goldie along the shore at the beach, having no idea where the fish had come from.
‘I think Goldie may have been washed up as the bag was covered in sand and we had just had a high tide, which was receding,’ she recalled.
The swimmer then posted about her discovery on a local Facebook group in hopes of finding a new home for the fish.
Rosie Lyons saw the post and stepped in to offer Goldie a place with her other pet fish.
‘My daughter absolutely loves fish and as soon as I saw the post on Facebook, I had to try and rehome the goldfish,’ said Ms Lyons, 31.
‘Me and my children would never want to see this happen to another one, which is why we decided to rehome it. I’m just so glad the fish is safe now – it’s heart-breaking that people would do that to a little defenceless thing.’
She suggested that someone may have thrown Goldie on a beach somewhere and that the fish then washed up in Prestatyn.
‘It is incredible that Goldie is still alive. I’m just so glad the fish is safe,’ she said.
Ms Panayi echoed: ‘I’m so happy it has found a lovely forever home.’
Goldie’s journey is not unlike that of young Nemo who, in the Disney Pixar film Finding Nemo, gets abducted from the Great Barrier Reef. His father Marvin goes on a dangerous quest to Sydney, Australia to retrieve him from humans
Nemo’s friends are pictured in the film swimming in clear plastic bags as they try to escape the fish tank and return to the ocean
But not everyone in the community is expressing gratitude over Goldie’s seemingly positive outcome. After Ms Panayi posted on Facebook, she was inundated by posts from angry animal lovers shocked at the cruelty by whoever dumped it.
One woman said: ‘This is disgraceful. How was anyone brought up to treat animals like this?’
Another added: ‘This is dreadful, should have been banned long ago.
A third said: ‘To just dump him on the beach is horrible!’
The RSPCA has campaigned for a ban in animals and fish being given as prizes.
Source: | This article originally belongs to Dailymail.co.uk