Barry the pet trout fin-ishes up in new home

The Weekend Post - - News - DANIEL BATE­MAN

A PET co­ral trout that was left be­hind in an in­dus­trial ware­house will now live a life of lux­ury at Cairns Aquar­ium.

“Barry” the trout was dis­cov­ered this week by Go Com­mer­cial prin­ci­pal Stu­art Carr, who was con­duct­ing an open in­spec­tion of a live fish ex­port ware­house at Barry St, Bun­ga­low.

Mr Carr (right) had pre­pared a bar­be­cue out­side the premises for prospec­tive buy­ers, when one man in­quired about chuck­ing the co­ral trout inside the large shed on to the grill.

“So I said ‘you’re kid­ding’, and I went over and had a look, and we dis­cov­ered Barry,” he said.

The 80cm trout was un­der­stood to be a prized pet of the former business’ owner and had been in a tank for 1.5 weeks af­ter the shed was va­cated.

Mr Carr said they fed the mal­nour­ished fish cooked sausages and prawns un­til they were able to ar­range for Cairns Aquar­ium to come and res­cue him.

Aquar­ium se­nior cu­ra­tor Ra­mon Bar­bosa, who col­lected Barry yes­ter­day morn­ing, said the trout would re­main in quar­an­tine for three to four weeks be­fore en­ter­ing his new home in the ocea­narium, along­side other reef preda­tors.

“This is one of the iconic fish to the re­gion, so find­ing one that needs to be re­homed, and hav­ing an op­por­tu­nity to put it in the aquar­ium is ab­so­lutely great,” he said.

ANNA ROGERS

NET EF­FECT: Cairns Aquar­ium cu­ra­tor Ra­mon Bar­bosa and se­nior aquar­ist Luchang Shao catch Barry the co­ral trout. Pic­ture:

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