Goldfish goes viral after mysteriously appearing on British lawns – National

A young doctor in the UK found himself in a strange situation this weekend when he discovered a live goldfish on his lawn.

Dr Ben Beska, a cardiologist from Newcastle, said he went into his garden on Saturday after a group of magpies started making a loud commotion.

Outside in the grass he discovered a small white and orange fish.

He took a photo of the lost fish and uploaded it to social media, not knowing that his post would cause so much excitement.

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“Today I found a goldfish on the grass in my yard. I think it was alive and I have absolutely no idea where it came from,” Beska posted on X.

“There are no ponds around here. So I brought it inside.”

As of Monday, the post had been viewed nearly 24 million times, thanks to the algorithm that pushes it into seemingly every human stream. He later reported that the fish was indeed still alive – a fact he confirmed after he put it inside and placed it in an old freezer drawer filled with water.

“It started swimming around, so it was alive,” he told the BBC. “I locked my cats out of the kitchen, obviously I didn't want them to eat it, that would have been a terrible end to the story.”

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He has now bought a real aquarium for his new pet and named it Alice after a text message to a friend introducing the animal automatically corrected “it’s alive” to “it’s Alice.”

Alice was probably thrown from the sky by a bird that had fished the fish from a nearby freshwater source – perhaps a backyard fishpond or a local lake. Nevertheless, X-users had a lot of fun making guesses and jokes about Alice's origins.

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“Goldfish are biennial, so you probably didn’t notice their growth until this year,” someone joked.

“Have you tried kissing it to see if it turns into a princess or a Japanese fish goddess?” joked another.

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And of course, an independent person even set up a separate X-account for Alice and interacted with Beska on the platform. After the owner posted a video showing Alice in her new aquarium, the fish's account responded: “Ugh, that's not my best angle,” to which the doctor teased: “Shut up, Alice, or you'll end up back on the lawn.”

Beska told the BBC he normally uses social media “for medical stuff,” so the interest in his fish secret was a bit “crazy.”

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

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He said he plans to buy a bigger tank and possibly another fish so Alice can have a friend.

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