A woman is going viral after sharing the remarkable story behind her “rehabilitated” 10-year-old fish.
Lacey Scott, a sculptor with a large following on TikTok, shared the heartwarming story in a video that now has more than 6 million views. In her clip, Scott explained how she nursed the old fish, named Monstro, back to health.
Monstro, who was completely black when Scott got him in 2019, slowly changed to a shining, neon-red color as his health improved.
Scott’s touching video shows Monstro’s development over the past year. Originally, he was covered in lesions and was basically immobile inside his tank.
But Scott didn’t give up. She placed her new fish in a shallow “hospital,” where he was able to begin swimming again. He also began eating again, eventually gaining so much strength that Scott moved him to a larger tank.
Surprisingly, his health wasn’t the only thing that changed. As he recovered, Monstro’s black scales disappeared — giving way to a shiny, almost iridescent new look.
“I don’t know how long he has left,” Scott wrote in her video. “But he’ll spend the rest of his days happy and loved.
TikTok users were universally charmed by the story, sharing their support for Scott and Monstro. Some commenters even compared the story to the plot of a Pixar movie.
“I’ve never felt so emotional over a fish,” one user wrote.
“Oh ok cool I didn’t plan on sobbing about a fish today but HERE WE ARE,” another added.
“You’re telling me this goldfish was wearing all black cause he was SAD? I love him so much,” another wrote.
It’s unclear how long Monstro has left, but, according to the fish-keeping site Aquarium Advisor, some goldfish can live up to 20 years.
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