If you’re feeling weary about the state of the world, here’s something that’ll remind you that kindness still exists — someone made a goldfish a wheelchair, and now the little creature can properly float upright like his friends. Taylor Dean, whose friend Derek works at a local aquarium, shared the crafty, adorable invention on Twitter and animal lovers everywhere collectively gasped “our hearts!”
Derek made the wheelchair for a customer’s pet goldfish, who has a bladder condition that prevents him from swimming upright.
When he learned that the goldfish was stuck at the bottom of his tank, Derek created the wheelchair by wrapping airline tubing around the little guy and attaching valves.
“I added weights to the bottom of the ‘chair’ and something to keep him afloat on top (styrofoam), and slowly removed pieces until I achieved just the right buoyancy to make it easy for him to swim around without feeling like he’s dragging around a chair,” Derek told BuzzFeed.
Dean shared an update, and we can all rest assured that the goldfish in question is loving his new wheelchair.
Just wanted to let you guys know wheelchair fish is still doing well and got an even more comfortable wheelchair pic.twitter.com/AwjeJU0pFL
— Taylor Nicole Dean (@taylorndean) March 15, 2017
“People love animals,” Dean told Buzzfeed. “It’s something that can bring everyone together.”
@taylorndean your friend is one of the reasons why humanity deserves a chance
— maggie 💫 finch (@malfoysmusic) March 11, 2017
@taylorndean not all heroes have capes
— aura ⋆ (@riverdalelester) March 11, 2017
If seeing this little goldfish finally able to zip around like nature intended doesn’t make your heart melt, we simply don’t know what will.