This Indonesian man loved his pet arowana fish, until his dad fried it for lunch

This Indonesian man loved his pet arowana fish, until his dad fried it for lunch
Not gonna lie, it looks kinda good. IMAGE: @solokini / Instagram

Pets are great. They keep you company and provide some form of entertainment, especially when you’re bored.

They can also become real family members because of the connection you foster with them over the years.

But like humans, our furry (and scaly) friends don’t live forever. And unfortunately, some meet extremely untimely demises.

The most expensive aquarium fish in the world then became a hearty meal for Bayu’s dad, who decided to have it for lunch one day after getting tired of taking care of the fish for his son.

Perhaps the most sadistic part of the whole ordeal was the fact that Bayu only found out about his pet’s fate through photos that his brother sent him.

What were those photos exactly? His precious pet being prepared for cooking.

Bayu had paid roughly 800,000 Indonesian Rupiah (US$56) for the golden arowana at a market in Jakarta four years ago. He estimates that the fish (if it were still alive today) would cost upwards of two million Indonesian Rupiah (US$146).

But eventually the arowana grew too big for the aquarium that Bayu had in his home. Not willing to give it away or sell it off, he decided to entrust its care with his father, who happened to have a much bigger fish tank, instead.

Speaking to Tribun News, Bayu explained that his fish was already not that well-taken care of by his father. It got to the point where it developed cross-eyes. But after surgery, it became healthy again.

“Then I got the news that my father fried the fish,” exclaimed Bayu.

And he’s more grateful for the fact that the rest of his family members didn’t join his dad for the very expensive meal.

The golden arowana used to be a cheap meal for those who lacked spare change in their pockets. These days, the fish is an important symbol of wealth and prosperity, especially in places like China.

It is also listed as endangered on the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List, citing a decreasing population in the wild.— Source” Danial M / mashable.com

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