A little over a year ago, Lacey Scott was at her local pet store buying supplies when a sad face caught her eye.
There, lying listless at the bottom of a gloomy fish tank, was the saddest goldfish Scott had ever seen.
“He seemed to be stressed,” she told The Dodo. “His color was so dull, and his eyes were cloudy.”
Scott came to learn from a store employee that the fish was 10 years old. He’d spent his life in someone’s artificial pond before being surrendered to the store.
From the look of it, the fish had given up hope.
“I couldn’t stop thinking about him,” Scott said. “I couldn’t stand the thought of a fish who’d lived that long wasting away, spending his last days in a pet store.”
Scott convinced the store to let her take the fish home with her — not realizing then that his glory days actually still lay ahead.
All the fish needed was a chance.