Cool dude? Or a nerd with too much time on his hands?

When Einstein the elderly goldfish developed swim bladder disease, the future looked bleak.

The ailment, which is common in aquarium fish and controls their buoyancy, caused him to turn upside down and sink to the bottom of the tank.

But now things are looking up, after his owner Leighton Naylor, 32, from Blackpool, made him his very own life jacket.

Heh.  A life jacket for a goldfish.

Warehouse worker Mr Naylor, 32, said: ‘Einstein’s been suffering with ill health on and off for about two years.

‘He’s always been a fighter so when he sunk to the bottom one day and couldn’t get back up again it was a very sorry sight.

‘It broke my heart to see him so helpless. He looked so depressed.

‘I started looking at floating aids and saw one where an owner kept his koi carp afloat by attaching it to a wine bottle cork but that looked quite painful.

‘I wanted to build something that would allow Einstein to move his fins a little bit and be comfortable at the same time.’

Have you decided yet?  Cool dude or nerd?



Mr Naylor spent three hours designing the life jacket from fish tank aeration tubes, and adjusted the fit so it comfortably cradled Einstein.

He added: ‘He wriggled a bit a first and he wasn’t too keen on the idea.

‘He kept catching on to plants and getting stuck but since I’ve rearranged the tank to make it disability friendly he’s been absolutely fine.’


The rest of the story, including a video of Einstein swimming, can be found at The Daily Mail

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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