These goldfish owners in Australia decided to give their pets another chance at life by dumping them into a river.
While goldfish are known as small, harmless creatures, in the wild they can grow to up to ten times the size of domestic goldfish. So many pet owners have been dumping their goldfish into the river that the huge creatures are now becoming a problem in Western Australia.
“In the south-west of Western Australia 90 percent of the fish… are only found there,” said Dr. David Morgan of the Centre for Fish and Fisheries Research. “When they are forced to coexist with the introduced species, they just don’t do very well.”
“They’re basically released by pet owners, so people aren’t really aware what damage they’re going to have in the ecosystem,” he added.