Pet eel could face eviction to nearby canal

German family keep pet eel in bath for 34 years

source: Independent January 29 2003 p12

A German family has a pet eel which has spent 34 years living in a bath. The eel is called Aalfred, and was caught in 1969 by Paul Richter, who planned to eat it, but his children protested. The eel has attracted the attention of the German press, and there have been protests from animal rights activists who claim that Aalfred's bathtub environment is unnatural, so he may be sent to live in a canal.