A few Walmart stores sell fishes yet they do not take care of them well.
Just a few years ago, Walmart was one of the largest retailers of live fish selling, spanning up to over 1,700 of its stores. The problem with some stores is that the fish were not taken care of well. Some people have observed that the fishes were living inside an aquarium with unfiltered water, greatly affecting the fishes’ lives. A few citizens and advocates have raised their concern about this and Walmart finally shut down this atrocious operation.
When Walmart’s live fish market was still active, this woman was able to save one from dying.
Victoria Schild was shopping at a Walmart store when she happened to pass by the live fish section. She was not planning to take one home, but the instant she saw this one particular fish she immediately changed her mind. What caught her eye was not something pleasing — it was a heartbreaking sight of a Betta fish literally falling to pieces. Schild closely examined the tiny cup the fish was in and she saw pieces of its tail and fin floating on the surface.
Horrified, she took matters into her own hands.
The fish looked like it was going to die anytime, so she decided to take the fish home. If the fish has a few hours left, at least it would be in cleaner water. However, Schild did not let the thought consume her mind and instead worked hard to give the fish the care and comfort it deserves.
She put the fish inside a bigger tank and began researching everything from basic care to medication with the hopes of helping the fish recover.
“Probably within a week of clean warm water, medicine, and basic care he started getting better!” Schild told The Dodo.
Things got better for the little fishy.
Schild was surprised at how effective her methods were, most especially the regular changing of the tank’s water. She noticed that the once dying fish slowly became a lively one, swimming happily inside his new home.
As days passed, she got even more surprised as she saw its tail and fins grow back to their former glory. She never expected it to be such a handsome fish.
With enough love and care, anyone would blossom beautifully.
It took a month or so for the fish to recover completely. Schild thought that it was the perfect time to give the little guy a name, and she gave it the name Argo, about the magical sails of the mythological ship.
“Now he’s an amazing little fish,” Schild said. “I love watching him swim around, leap for food, follow my shadow, and just be a cool little guy.”
There are still plenty of pet fishes out there in need of a home.
Fishes are great pets and do not require too much to keep one in the house. They may not be physically pettable like cats or dogs, but they make great aesthetic companions that could make your days better just as much as other pet options. Just like other pets, fishes are not really easy to take care of but if you are considering getting one, then it is best to consider getting one in nearby shelters.
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