Martin Fone wonders whether everyone’s favourite pet fish has greater cognitive abilities than we give it credit for.

About four million households in the UK own fish, which equates to roughly 14% of the population, according to the Ornamental Aquatic Trade Association. Attractive, colourful, easy on the eye and calming, ornamental fish offer a low maintenance alternative to cats and dogs and even spare your furniture.

For many children of my generation, a goldfish was the first introduction to the delights and responsibilities of pet ownership, often acquired accidentally, given away as a prize at a fair. …

Martin Fone

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