Two years ago, when Ryan was in 4th grade, his class had betta fish in the classroom, and they took care of them all year. At the end of the year, they had a drawing to see who could take the fish home, and Ryan won. At that time, we decided to get bettas for the other kids too. Brooklyn’s fish died right away, and we got her another one, which also didn’t last long. Ryan’s died last year. The kids have been amazingly unattached and unemotional about these fish. Quinn’s fish has been hanging on by a thread for quite a while now. We think it had gone blind, because it could not see to eat it’s food. We also suspect some type of equilibrium problem, because it had some trouble swimming and staying afloat. I kept wishing the fish would die, because all it did was live a life of suffering. Anyway, we were finally able to bid the fish goodbye yesterday, in a small (very small) ceremony that invloved flushing it down the toilet.
Quinn now wants to get hamsters. So here are the questions about that: Will the kids get more attached to an animal they can hold and play with? (I suspect the answer is yes.) and… How long do they live? 🙂