Friday 23 February 2018

Goldfish survive in earthquake city

Two goldfish have survived 134 days without food after the earthquake in New Zealand
Two goldfish have survived 134 days without food after the earthquake in New Zealand

Two goldfish have survived 134 days since a devastating earthquake hit New Zealand without any pet food or electricity to power their tank filter.

The goldfish, named Shaggy and Daphne after characters in the television show Scooby Doo, were in a 26-gallon tank in the reception area at Quantum Chartered Accountants in Christchurch when the earthquake struck, killing 181 people.

It was only this month that Quantum workers were allowed back into the building and found the fish alive.

Curator Paul Clarkson at the Monterey Bay Aquarium in California said bacteria may have kept the water clean enough to sustain life and the fish may have eaten algae growing in the tank.

Three companion goldfish - presumably called Scooby, Fred and Velma - disappeared without any trace.

Press Association

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