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18th October 2017

By Sandra Pearce

Contractors have found a leopard pleco fish, usually found in the Amazon Basin, in a Walsall canal.

The Canal & River Trust believe that it must have belonged to a fishkeeper who then dumped it when it was no longer wanted, reports the Walsall Advertiser.

Sarah Rudy, of the trust, said: “Catfish aren’t unusual in the tropical fish trade but to find one living in the canal – the first one we’ve encountered – is really rare as they wouldn’t normally survive the cold temperature of the canal especially in the winter.

“We think someone has discarded their pet into the canal which is really sad. Obviously this is not something we would encourage as non-native fish species can spread diseases and parasites among our native fish population.

“The fish was discovered when we carried out a fish rescue along the canal in Walsall. We needed to drain the canal ahead of maintenance work and as we’re taking out the water we also need to remove the fish.”

She added: “The catfish is fine and has a new home. It now lives in the Canal & River Trust fish tank, which we take to shows to educate people about the fish that live in our waterways. He could become our star attraction!”