Animals are stolen from pet stores but they are usually of the furry type. Reptiles are often taken too, but fish? That has got to be a rare occurrence but it happens. A spotted Congo puffer (Tetraodon schoutedeni) from Africa, with a value of $400 was stolen from the Wet Spot Tropical Fish store in Portland, Ore. last week, and was found in a Grocery Outlet parking lot in a pickle jar, alive and well, a week later.
AMAZING NEWS!!Our puffer made it’s way BACK!! We received a quick call about a puffer in the Grocery Outlet (very near our store for those of you not local) and we walked there and indeed found him in a brown paper bag in a jar! He is in fine shape and is pretty active in his tank. Thank you all so VERY VERY much for spreading the word and all your warm wishes. He might even have found a permanent home here at the shop 🙂
Posted by The Wet Spot Tropical Fish on Thursday, October 29, 2015
Newly named Ransom the African puffer, was stolen from the store October 23. Store personnel were certain he was gone, and the surveillance video didn’t catch anyone who could have pilfered the puffer. Yesterday the store received an anonymous phone call telling them exactly where he was. Ransom is doing great in his home where he belongs.
“We’re just happy that it’s been returned. It seems to be in good shape, no worse the wear,” Brandon Bacod, a manager at the store told KPTV. “He’s just acclimating in his tank and we’re delighted to have him back.”
The spotted Congo puffer is native to Africa’s Congo Basin and grows to about 3.5 inches in length. A freshwater species, it is very rare in the hobby, probably due to the strife going on in its native habitat.