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Friday, May 08, 2015

Meet Monty, the incredible 5 year old Goldfish.

Monty was in a bad way when he came in to see the exotic species team at Highcroft recently. He had multiple tumours around his eye and his back. 

Michelle Barrows (Head of Bristol Zoo’s veterinary department) assisted by Sonya Miles (an exotic species vet at Highcroft), carried out very delicate surgery to carefully remove the large tumours. They also needed to remove Monty's eye due to the tumour extending further than expected.

So how do you operate on a fish? Well, the team clearly weren't like fish out of water for this one! Monty was placed in water soluble anaesthetic and then had oxygenated water flushed through his gills throughout the operation. His eye was then packed with a water resistant gel to help it heal once he was back in his tank.

Thankfully Monty was completely stable throughout his surgery. In fact you could say that the operation went swimmingly! 

Well done Monty.


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