Kiwi, a seven-year-old saltwater fish, developed a cataract and had to have his eye removed.
But the other fish in his tank figured out that he was eyeless on one side. “They’d go up behind him, biting his tail. He had chunks of his tail taken out,” his owner, Julie Morgan, told Fox 2 News in St. Louis.
Kiwi’s vet, Dr. Megan Baebler of Kersting Veterinary Hospital in Chesterfield, Missouri, came up with an idea to keep Kiwi from being picked on: a prosthetic eye.
She ordered the eye online and then customized it for Kiwi. “I actually hand-painted the eye myself,” she said. “I used a mixture of some nail polish and some eye shadow pigments, actually, to give it some iridescence.”
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