Rare tropical fish "dumped" by Beckenham park
PUBLISHED: 18:06 07 January 2014 | UPDATED: 12:36 08 January 2014
A rare tropical fish was found dying by an animal welfare officer near Cator Park in Beckenham after being "dumped" by its owner last month.
The Midas fish, commonly found in the rivers of Central America, was left freezing in its tank after the owner had tipped out water to lessen the load.
The RSPCA are now appealing for information about how the fish – a foot long and six inches tall - came so close to dying in Aldersmead Road on December 28.
Anthony Pulfer, the RSPCA inspector called to the scene, said: “When I got there I thought it was dead to be honest. Just it’s gills were moving.
“The person who had dumped it just had enough water so they could carry the tank.”
Mr Pulfer, 29, of Orpington, said he never been called to an incident like it before.
“It is quite appalling really,” he said. “The fish was an hour or so from death.”
The fish, which can live up to 15 years, has now been taken to Beaver Water World – an animal rescue centre in Tatsfield.
Mr Pulfer added: “I am really pleased the fish has been saved - they are not cheap to come by.
“They cost about £100. If anyone had taken it into a shop they could have quite probably got money for it.
“The shop owner would have snapped it out of their hand.”
Stella Quayle, the managing director of Beaver Water World, said the fish is recovering well.
“I was concerned with getting him back up and running but now he is being all kissy on the glass [of the tank] - he should be called ‘lucky’ because he is lucky to be alive.”
Anyone with information about who dumped this fish can contact the RSPCA on 03001238018.