Goldfish Gets Life-Saving Braces

by | Mar 23, 2016 | Science | 0 comments

This may well be a breaking headline: goldfish braces?? Who even knew such a thing existed. Well they do now, and thanks to the interweb, we get to know all about it. This little goldfish named ‘Mr. Hot Wing’ has been gaining internet notoriety after his recent surgery. Lehigh Valley Veterinary Dermatology in Pennsylvania posted this picture on their Facebook page, and it has gone viral. Mr. Hot Wing, the lucky little goldfish who came from the carnival, received these special custom orthotics. Mr. Hot Wing was born without a lower jaw bone and could not keep his mouth open, making it very hard to breathe or eat. wptv-goldfish-with-braces_1458748514405_34663203_ver1_0_640_480

Veterinary dermatologist Brian Palmeiro, known as the ‘fish doctor’, created these braces out of a credit card for $150.00. They were made using a small slice of a credit card and administered through surgery. Although many people believe goldfish don’t have teeth, they do, but the purpose of these braces was not a perfect smile. Rather, the braces act as a weight to keep Mr. Hot Wings mouth open. Not only is this probably the coolest looking goldfish around, these braces effectively saved Mr. Hot Wing’s life, allowing nourishment and life for this little goldfish. MORE

  • Francis Yupangco

    Francis is a marine biologist with an MBA and over 20 years of professional aquarium experience. Francis is the former Aquatic Development Manager at Hagen USA., makers of Fluval brand aquarium products. He co-stars on Nat Geo WILD's reality TV series Fish Tank Kings where he is the resident "Fish Geek" and was Director of Marketing at Living Color Aquariums. He is an avid explorer having visited over 45 countries and lived in 7. At 17, he was among the youngest aquarists ever hired by the Vancouver Aquarium, where he worked for 7 years. His aquatic biology experience ranges from larval fish rearing to the design, construction and operational management of renowned public aquariums around the world. Francis is currently head of marketing at the world's largest vertically integrated fish farming company.


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