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Rescued fish gradually finding new homes

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Millennium Library pond, where thousands of fish were discovered.

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Winnipeg’s great goldfish giveaway is slowly catching on.

This update comes from Erin Cornelius, a local woman who rescued hundreds of fish from the outdoor pond at the Millennium Library. City crews recently drained the pond for its annual cleaning, only to discover thousands of various species of fish were living there.

Cornelius got wind of the soon-to-be homeless fish from a friend and immediately jumped into action, pulling out approximately 700 hundred dying common goldfish and feeder fish from the bottom of the pond and taking them into her home.

"It’s going well. Things have slowed down but I have found some homes for the fish," she said Friday. "I have about 40-50 fish going to homes this weekend, but I’ll still have a couple hundred left. Hopefully, I can find places for them, too."

Cornelius has been keeping the fish in a large 70-gallon tank at her home, she said. Her mother keeps fish during the summer, so the 24-year-old had access to the necessary equipment to house the homeless fish.

Cornelius has no idea how thousands of fish ended up at the Millennium Library. She figures people started dumping unwanted fish there early in the spring and the fish started breeding soon after that. Feeder fish can have a high growth rate if the conditions allow, she added.

If you can give a goldfish a good home, contact Cornelius via email at erin.d.cornelius@gmail.com.

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