March 20, 2016
Even aquatic life forms occasionally need some dental work.
Mr. Hot Wing, a goldfish, was brought into Lehigh Valley Veterinary Dermatology for difficulty breathing and an inability to eat, according to the office's Facebook page.
The fish was born without a lower jaw bone and its mouth could not stay open.
So, Dr. Brian Palmeiro, a Long Island native, performed surgery on Hot Wing and created a brace to help its mouth stay open.
According to ABC7, Palmeiro did "a lot of research" before crafting the brace out of a credit card, with the whole procedure costing about $150.
Goldfish typically cost about a dollar, meaning the owner could have — if my math is correct — bought an additional 150 goldfish in lieu of surgery.
Mr. Hot Wing must be pretty special.