The 10 inch long angelfish was laid out, anesthetized, using a scalpel, needle and some forceps as Veterinarian Sue Thornton repaired the stomach condition.
Pumping water through the Carla’s body and over her gills, the Angelfish was able to breathe during the whole operation.
Sue was quoted saying: “I must admit I didn’t think the prognosis was very promising to begin with.
As soon as she was asleep we moved her on to the operating surface and fed a tube from the tank into her mouth and kept her breathing by pumping the water over her gills.
I then stitched the wound together as best I could. It was difficult because the wall tissue was very stiff, but I managed to close it.”
Carla was kept under close observation, is expected to make a full recovery.
James Oliver of the London Aquarium added: “I guess it may seem a bit extreme to operate on a small fish but Carla has been with us for 10 years and she is almost family.”
Now this is only a brief summary of this amazing story. I encourage you to take a look at the full article here. Also there are lots of pics.