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Last Updated: Friday, 16 April, 2004, 17:28 GMT 18:28 UK
Goldfish rescued from drain death
Goldfish
Everything in the fish tank was tossed down the drain
An abandoned goldfish has been rescued from a drain after a three-hour effort by 11 people, including the RSPCA.

He was the only goldfish showing any signs of life when seven of the fish were spotted down a drain, among pebbles and plants from their tank.

Residents of Sunbury Avenue, Newcastle upon Tyne, called the RSPCA but when the drain grate refused to budge, the council was called in to save the fish.

He was fished out, christened William and adopted by one of the rescuers.

RSPCA inspector Sue Craig had to call the Newcastle City Council when she realised she could not remove the drain grate.

He may only be a goldfish in the eyes of the person who poured him away, but this street really wanted to see him rescued
Sue Craig
RSPCA

"By this time quite a crowd had gathered around the drain and everyone was offering their help to rescue William," she said.

She was not pleased that William and his fellow fish had ended up down the drain.

"He may only be a goldfish in the eyes of the person who poured him away, but this street really wanted to see him rescued," Inspector Craig said.

"Goldfish may not be as cute as cats or dogs, but they still deserve our respect and the chance to live out their lives safely and without distress.

Survival hopes

"Whoever dumped William obviously couldn't have cared less."

Cheryl Aldus, a 21-year-old Northumbria University student, is looking after William with her house mates.

"Initially when we got him back to the house he was very still and was floating in the water - we thought he was going to die," she said.

"But he is quite active now and swimming about and I think he is going to survive."

His temporary home is a large plastic bowl, but Miss Aldus was "hoping that one of the newspapers will sponsor a tank for him".





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