Lifestyle Pets Family in Australia Spends $300 to Have Tumor Removed from Pet Koi Fish The 10-minute procedure will hopefully extend the fish's life to the full 35 years By Kate Hogan Kate Hogan Instagram Twitter Kate Hogan is Director of Digital Specials and Features at PEOPLE. In her 14 years at the brand, she has covered everything from pets and babies to style and Sexiest Man Alive, interviewing celebrities including Céline Dion, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Hudson and Chris Evans. Currently, she oversees the creation of photo galleries that complement breaking news and major PEOPLE moments like The Beautiful Issue and 100 Reasons to Love America. She has offered expert celebrity commentary on Good Morning America and Access Hollywood. Before joining PEOPLE in 2008, Kate was an editorial assistant at Morris Visitor Publications. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication and resides outside of Chicago with her husband and three kids. People Editorial Guidelines Published on October 11, 2019 04:48 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: James Cook University Thanks to a pet owner’s passion and a doctor’s talents, Bubbles will live to swim another day. The koi, who’s been a pet of the Dare family of Australia for upwards of five years, underwent a 10-minute procedure recently to remove a large, potentially dangerous tumor, according to the Townsville Bulletin. “If the tumors are small we don’t do surgery, if they’re large we choose to remove them,” veterinarian Dr. Ingrid Danyiyk of James Cook University told the Townsville Bulletin. Dad Michael Dare noticed Bubbles’ tumor about six months ago, and watched it grow steadily before calling the vet. The procedure cost around $300, according to the outlet, and the Dare family felt it was worth it for their $30 fish, whose life expectancy could be up to 35 years. Bubbles during the surgery. James Cook University According to Dr. Danyiyk, the fish was anesthetized in the water, then removed from its tank for the quick procedure, as sterile water ran through its gills. It’s a procedure she does “a couple times a year,” the news outlet reports. Bubbles’ recovery has seemingly made Michael’s son Carter, 4, quite happy, and the fish is back to swimming around its pond at the family acupuncture business.