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Doctor goes viral after finding mysterious goldfish in his garden and having ‘no idea’ how it ended up there

A doctor's story has gone viral after he found a goldfish lying on his lawn and had “no idea” how it got there.

Dr Ben Beska, 33, from Newcastle, has kept the fish, now called Alice, as a pet ever since.

The NHS cardiologist said he saw a group of magpies in his garden and when he went out to investigate he was shocked to spot a goldfish in the grass.

Dr. Beska reacted quickly, removing the fish and placing it in a freezer drawer filled with water. He says that was the only large container he had on hand at the time.

Taking care to protect the fish from the prying eyes of his two cats, he went to the nearest aquarium shop and bought an aquarium for the fish. Dr Ben Beska, 33, from Newcastle

Dr Ben Beska, 33, from Newcastle, said he saw a group of magpies in his garden and when he went out to investigate, he was shocked to find a goldfish in the grass.
Dr. Beska reacted quickly, removing the fish and placing it in a freezer drawer filled with water. He says that was the only large container he had on hand at the time.

The goldfish has since become known as Alice after a text message he sent to a friend regarding the animal was auto-corrected from “he's alive” to “his name is Alice.”

His first post about the goldfish lying in the grass received over 16 million views on X (formerly Twitter), which Dr. Beska described as “crazy.”

He said: “It's really crazy to find a fish on the lawn. I have no idea how it got into the garden.”

“The screeching of magpies in the garden alerted me that something was outside. So I looked out the window and asked myself, 'Why are they doing this?'”

“Then I saw this thing on the floor and thought, 'What the hell?'”

“I went out and thought it was a real fish. So I took a picture to send to my fiancé and said, 'How the hell can a fish be on the bottom?' And then it moved – I couldn't just leave it there.”

“I locked my cats out of the kitchen. Of course, I didn't want them to eat the food. That would have been a terrible ending to the story.”

He then went to a nearby store and bought an aquarium and some chemicals. He said, “I didn't have enough time to research and google because there is a fish in the garden.”

“I put it in the tank and he's doing much better than on the grass.”

“I think he was just seconds away from death, so he was lucky.”

Dr. Beska (pictured) has now named his new pet Alice, after a text message he sent to a friend about the animal, which was automatically corrected from “it’s alive” to “its name is Alice.”
Dr. Beska's pet cat looks at Alice. The Secret of the Goldfish has gone viral on X, with Dr. Beska's original photo receiving over 150,000 likes and more than 4,000 comments

Dr Beska suspected that a bird had picked up the fish from a nearby pond and dropped it while carrying it away. However, he said there were no ponds nearby and thought the bird must have travelled “quite a distance”.

The Secret of the Goldfish has gone viral on X; the original photo by Dr. Beska received over 150,000 likes and more than 4,000 comments.

On the subject of virality, he said: “It's very strange, I use X mainly for medical stuff, so this is something very, very different.”

“It was pretty funny, some of the comments were pretty funny and about 1,000 people said they thought a bird had dropped it.”

Dr. Beska now intends to keep the fish as a pet and plans to purchase a larger aquarium and possibly another fish for company.