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Bristol Zoo's 'ugly' fish Gladys gets new tank mate
Gladys (l) has found a new friend in tank mate Gerry

'Gladys (l) has found a new friend in tank mate Gerry

The "ugliest fish" at Bristol Zoo has finally found a friend.

Gladys, the zoo's solitary giant gourami, lives in a huge tank with dozens of other tropical fish, but has not had a mate for the past four years.

But now a male giant gourami named Gerry has been brought in to keep her company in the aquarium.

Jonny Rudd, assistant curator of the aquarium at Bristol Zoo, said: "It's great to have a new male giant gourami as a mate for Gladys."

Giant gouramis can grow up to 70cm in length and can live for up to 25 years - Gladys is a pale yellow colour, while Gerry is grey and white.

Mr Rudd added: "They are such charismatic fish - although some people think they are ugly - yet Gladys has always been one of the most popular fish in the aquarium.

"Gladys seems to be responding well to the arrival of Gerry. It is still very early days but they are swimming around happily together.

"Gouramis are fantastic fish and they seem to respond to the public and follow them as they walk past their tank."

Gerry arrived at Bristol Zoo from Nottingham having spent a decade in a shopping centre fish tank.

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