A man spent 300 pounds or $460 in U.S. dollars on a procedure to save his 3-inch goldfish's life.
The pet owner brought the sick fish to Toll Barn Veterinary Centre in North Walsham, U.K. for a consultation and was told the fish had two small tumors that would require surgery.
In an e-mail to USA TODAY Network, Faye Bethell, a veterinarian at the clinic, said one of tumors was preventing the fish from passing feces.
After initially refusing treatment because of the hefty price tag, the owner changed his mind.
Bethell said they began the procedure by introducing a small amount of anesthetizing agent into the goldfish's water.
After the anesthesia took effect, the fish was placed on a waterproof drape and anesthetic water was inserted into the fish's mouth through a tube and bubbled over the gills, Bethell said.
During the nearly hour-long procedure, Bethell used a miniature heart-rate monitor to ensure the fish was "under" and removed two lumps with a mini scalpel.
Finally, Bethell stitched closed the tiny incisions and covered them with a special "glue" to waterproof the scales before the fish was slowly awakened.
Mary Bowerman, USA TODAY