Aquarium Manager Who Designed Goldfish Wheelchair Needs to Name Him
“I just started messing with some things and tinkering with different items and troubleshooting, and came up with the wheelchair that became famous. The goldfish wheelchair!” Burnett told WCSH. He used scraps from around the store such as airline tubing connectors, plant weights and zip ties to hold it down, while the styrofoam top acted as a floating device. His goldfish wheelchair did the trick as the Ranchu responded well. “[The fish] went from being upset, stuck on the bottom to be swimming around and zipping around,” Burnett told WCSH. “His tail got to going super fast. This is the happiest I’ve seen him since we’ve had him in our possession.” Burnett — who virtually had no prior presence on social media — embraced his responsibilities by opening up accounts on Twitter and Facebook to raise awareness for other Ranchu owners with a similar plight. He tweeted, “Out of all the love and support for my brave little ranchu goldfish I started a page to provide updates and help others with similar issues.” His Facebook account bares the goldfish as his profile picture. One of Burnett’s first tweets show the ‘before’ and ‘after’ pictures. For ‘before’ he posted a video and tweeted: “This is how wheelchair goldfish used to spend his days. Wanted everyone to see how much of an improvement his quality of life is now.”
My friend made a wheelchair for a goldfish pic.twitter.com/QghXTY7rme— Taylor Nicole Dean (@taylorndean) March 10, 2017
Even though his invention seemed to be working swimmingly, Derek Burnett decided to make a few changes. The newly fashioned ‘wheelchair’ now looks like a more humane gauze sling. He tweeted, “Original wheelchair and his recent upgrade for those who haven’t seen yet. He’s getting a tank upgrade today so more pics and videos coming”
This is how wheelchair goldfish used to spend his days. Wanted everyone to see how much of an improvement his quality of life is now. pic.twitter.com/jKB8I6uvzS— Derek Burnett (@DerekDaFishDude) March 18, 2017
The only thing left now for Derek Burnett is to give the wheelchair goldfish a dignified name. San Antonio television station KENS started a naming campaign on Facebook on March 15. Aside from the obvious, “Dori,” — the top suggestions so far have been — “SteFINHawking, Wheelie, Lightning McFin and Professor Xavier.” If you have any suggestions, you can tweet them to Derek Burnett @DerekDaFishDude.
Original wheelchair and his recent upgrade for those who haven't seen yet. He's getting a tank upgrade today so more pics and videos coming pic.twitter.com/Zhp5INIDuH— Derek Burnett (@DerekDaFishDude) March 17, 2017