Britain’s oldest pets: from a fortysomething goldfish to a centenarian tortoise

A goldfish named George, thought to be the most senior in the UK, has died. We consider other furry – or shelled – veterans of British living rooms

A minute’s silence, please, to mark the passing of George, 44, thought to have been Britain’s oldest goldfish. George and another fish, Fred, were won by Keith Allies, from Worcestershire, at a fair in 1974. Fred died two years ago; Allies reports that George started to go downhill after the death of his friend and bowlmate.

Allies gave George and Fred to his then girlfriend, Mary, and the fish accompanied the couple throughout life – including their marriage and the birth of their daughter. “He was part of the family,” Mary told the Sun. “I know it’s silly to cry over a goldfish, but we’d had him so long.”

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Source: theguardian
Britain’s oldest pets: from a fortysomething goldfish to a centenarian tortoise