Fans Complain About Goldfish Death
We've suggested that Big Brother fans are not happy
in the title of this article, but if we're honest, it's more
that fishkeeping enthusiasts – who may not even be fans
of the show – have kicked-up a storm over the fact that
one of the goldfish died yesterday (see here).
Prior to 'Heaven' (for that was his name) departing this
earth and going to fishy, erm, heaven, people complained to
Channel 4 that his living conditions were inadequate. However,
the broadcaster fobbed them off with this standard cut-and-paste
"The fish were purchased from a reputable pet shop and
full guidelines on their care has been given to the housemates.
We have also instructed the
housemates that the water in the tank needs to be changed
every few days."
"They have been provided with oxygenating tablets and
water neutraliser, again with full details of use, in order
to ensure the quality of the water the fish are living in.
We can assure you that all necessary instruction has been
passed on to ensure the health and continued well-being of
However, it seems that the broadcaster's efforts were not
enough, as one of the pets subsequently died last night having
keeled-over in its little bowl earlier in the day.
Channel 4 were subsequently accused of a cover-up, seeing
as related threads on the Official BB Forum discussing the
matter were removed, and a flippant article declaring the
death of the fish was also hastily removed from their website
This prompted angry fans/ fishkeepers to talk about reporting
the matter to the RSPCA and even the UK TV regulator Ofcom,
so Channel 4 issued the following statement this afternoon
(Thursday the 14th of August 2008):
"Prior to the two goldfish entering the house, Big Brother
consulted a number of expert sources regarding their wellbeing.
Full and complete instructions were passed to the housemates
including how to maintain the quality of the water, and every
care was taken to ensure that they understood their responsibility
for looking after the fish."
"Yesterday morning, Big Brother was alerted that one
of the fish was unwell. Immediate consultation regarding the
fish’s health was sought and instructions were passed
to the housemates along with the recommended fish medicine.
Big Brother continued to monitor the situation and the fish’s
condition improved during the day."
"However, in the early evening the fish passed away.
The remaining fish has been removed from the Big Brother house
and is safe and well; viewers will see this on tonight's show.
That fish has been re-homed with a team member who keeps fish."
So, it seems that the fish died of 'swim bladder disorder',
but if C4 had someone who actually keeps fish on the BB production
team, how the heck did they let this happen?
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