Fish weighing just ONE gram has tumour surgically removed by vets in UK first

Fish weighing just ONE gram has tumour surgically removed by vets in UK first

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VETS have operated on a tiny fish weighing just one gram in a UK first.

Little Molly was rushed in for surgery after her owners noticed a lump on her belly.

Vets have surgically removed a tumour from a fish weighing just one gram in a UK first
SWNS:South West News Service
Staff at Highscoft Rabbit, Small Mammal & Exotic Vets, Bristol, immediately prepared Molly for surgery after identifying the tumour
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Vets have surgically removed a tumour from a fish weighing just one gram in a UK first

Staff diagnosed a tumour but were able to anaesthetise the fish and remove it during a 40-minute, £100 op.

Molly — named after her goldfish-like species which cost £2 — was returned to her tank later that day.

Sonya Miles, at Highcroft vets in Bristol, said: “A molly looks like a goldfish but is slightly different.

“A couple were given her by an elderly neighbour but after a few weeks they noticed the lump.

“She was the smallest animal we’ve seen — barely registering on our scales.

Veterinary medicine has advanced over time so we were able to perform what is a pretty simple procedure. The fish is kept wet and anaesthetic is injected over the gills.

“After the op, the area is covered with a waterproof paste as stitching the skin isn’t a possibility.
“The fish was then woken in fresh oxygenated water. Thankfully we were able to remove the tumour before it started to upset her balance.


“You have to have steady hands and good eyesight. It was definitely a team effort.”

Staff are more used to operating on iguanas and snakes. But Sonia said the practice has seen more fish lately.

She added: “It used to be one or two every few months but more and more people are realising we are happy to see them.”

Little Molly was rushed in for surgery after her owners noticed a lump on her belly
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REEL MONSTER

A BRIT reeled in a record 230lb catfish in the last hours of his holiday to Spain.

Dental worker Robert Webb, 63, of Hitchin, Herts, was about to call it a day when he hooked the monster.

Robert put the fish, thought to be the biggest mandarin catfish caught in Europe, back in the River Segre in Mequinenza.

He said: “It was marvellous.”


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