Saturday, January 13, 2007
after brief illness, nemo the goldfish dead at approximately age 4
the aquatic world is reeling from the death of "nemo" the goldfish this morning. his owners found him floating in a pool of his own water after a brief illness.

nemo is best remembered for his love of swimming and tenacity. in 2003, at the tender age of one, he was chosen to travel with a group of people known as carnies. during a stop in the garden state, at the new jersey state fair/sussex county farm and horse show, he was won by a little girl from brooklyn.

she traveled with him first to pennsylvania before finally taking him home to settle down in brooklyn, new york. he was not expected to survive the trips but flourished regardless. named after the title character in the 2003 film "finding nemo", nemo the goldfish was a fresh water fish who lived first in a tiny plastic tank on the kitchen shelf, then a larger, one gallon tank on the kitchen counter. frequent visitors to his tank included inky and oreo, the family's cats.

in early 2005, the family he lived with welcomed a second child, and nemo, as well as inky and oreo, began to suffer. the family would sometimes forget to feed the animals. but as the child grew, the care they received improved dramatically.

nemo went on to flourish again, this time in a bigger tank. it was there that nemo grew to his largest size, 6". but his overall health began to decline and over the holidays, nemo was found floating upside down. a spokesman for the family commented: "after finding him upside down on christmas, we immediately treated him for an aquatic bacterial and fungal infection. his treatment worked but we noticed that while his general appearance had improved his overall health had not which leads us to believe his problems were systemic. this saturday we woke up to find him floating vertically and we let nature take its own course. we are saddened by his death but know he is in a better place."

nemo is survived by a family of four and two cats. a private burial service is being planned.


Blogger Andie said...

yea though i walk through the valley of the shadow of...

we too sadly lost of beloved red betta, aptly named "red". now they can swim together in that big ocean in the sky

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