One young boy loved his goldfish Nemo too much, and sadly he killed it.
Young Everett Hamlin had been getting ready for bedtime when he decided he’d cuddle his goldfish. Taking Nemo out the tank, he brought the pet with him to sleep, unaware this would be the death of him.
Tori, Everett’s mom, caught this terrible event on film when she popped into Everett’s room and realized the fish was gone.
On scouring his room, she realized Nemo was clasped in Everett’s hand.
On waking up her son to inform him of what happened, Everettm 4, was crushed. He’d only been trying to pet the poor fish—his closest friend.
Tori wrote: “I was shocked at first, but then when he said he just wanted to pet it I was thinking, oh my god, that's so sad. I didn't think it was funny that he killed it.
“He had no understanding of what he was doing. Honestly, I'm surprised he caught it. He's got some good skills there.
“He loved the goldfish. It's always been in his bedroom. He loved looking at it. He's never tried to get it before it happened that night.”
The US-based mom recalled: “I explained it to him again and he said, ‘that's alright. We'll have to get another fish and I won't touch it. I'm only allowed to touch fish when I go fishing'. I said, ‘yep, that's right'.”
“Everett has to do stuff like that to learn. Not every kid listens to their parent and learns from that. Sometimes they have to make mistakes to learn from them. It's part of parenting and growing up.”
Nemo had been a gift for Everett; Tori and partner Corey got him for their son while he was less than one year old.
Tori has posted the tale online, where it’s garnered almost 70k comments and been shared. Many have offered to get the young lad a new pet fish.
Happily, Everett does now have a few new fish, but he’s not going to be taking them out for a nighttime cuddle any time soon.
Mom Tori shared: “He's always loved it. The fish was bought specifically for him. When we got it for him, he could look into the tank and enjoy looking at the bubbles and the lights.
“We had that goldfish for so long that when we bought it he was orange and by the time he died he had outgrown all the orange. It was so crazy.
“Most people don't have goldfish for that long. We've always been big fish people. We take care of our fish. He lived a longer life than most goldfish.”