Oscar dumped in cardboard box

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An Oscar which was dumped on a doorstep is being cared for at a West Somerset zoo.

The 20cm/8" long fish, which has been christened Frank, was found in Portishead. He was in a bag of water inside a cardboard box, which was discovered on a doorstep after someone rang the bell and left.

He was taken to the Vale veterinary practice where a number of calls were made to try and re-home him, but no one could help and his future looked bleak.

But the Tropiquaria Zoo near Washford agreed to take him after a student at the practice remembered visiting the park and contacted staff there.

Tropiquaria's aquarist, Shaun Stevens, said: "He is an attractive South American fish but they are bought small by owners who often do not appreciate the size they may grow to. This one had presumably outgrown its home at 8" and was no longer wanted."

Once Frank has fully recovered he will be re-homed with a private collector who has been contacted by Tropiquaria and is happy to have him.

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