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A fish has become a talented footballer and is able to score goals despite his pitch being severely waterlogged.
Goldfish, Span, is able to dribble a tiny football across a submerged pitch in his tank before tapping it into the net.
Owner, Peter Bettison, 80, has made a hobby of training Span to become a talented sports star and set him up on an intensive training course.
Peter, from Exeter, said: “People say goldfish are not very bright and have no memory but Span comes back to playing even after a long lay-off.
“She has taken to it really well and seems to enjoy scoring goals.”
Peter rewards the young striker with a nugget of food every time it hits the net – a method often used when teaching dolphins to do tricks.
He has also used this reward system to teach Span how to play netball, limbo and swim through hoops.
He said: “Basically you start gradually using a reward system – a bit like footballers’ pay but fish food for it – to encourage the fish to first swim through a ring.
“Then gradually you work up to a six-inch tube for the fish to swim through, horizontal, then vertical.
“Then there is the limbo where it swims under a bar and finally you introduce the ball which is plastic and doesn’t float.
Peter now uses the fish’s skills to raise money for Hospiscare.