In the back of a Walmart store, this little fish seemed completely neglected and falling to pieces. Conditions don’t get much worse than his. In such poor shape, his tail and fins almost fell off.
One day, Victoria Schild noticed this little betta. She had no plans to buy a pet. After seeing him, she knew she needed to rescue him.
“I felt incredibly sad for the little guy and decided that I didn’t want him to die in there, just rotting away,” Schild told The Dodo, “I was 95 percent sure he was going to die that night.”
She bought the fish soon after seeing him. When she brought him home, she felt worried that he only had a few hours left. However, that didn’t stop her. Victoria tried everything to save him.
When she got home, she researched ways to help him recover. Within a week in proper care and with medicine, he began getting much better.
“When I got home, I started researching everything that I possibly could to help him recover, and probably within a week of clean warm water, medicine and basic care he started getting better!”
After that week, his condition improved greatly. His tail regrew and his fins seemed normal. With weeks of medication, the little fishy was back to a healthy fish.
Victoria gave him the name Argo in homage to his glorious sail-like fins. With Argo’s story, Victoria hopes to bring awareness to the conditions of the fish held in stores. We often see fish in deplorable conditions at places that aren’t trained for proper aquatic creature care.
“I knew that underneath it all, there was a beautiful little fish. But what won me over was his will to live and his spunk.”