Indonesian man grieves as father fries expensive arowana pet fish for lunch
Imagine the shock of learning that your beloved pet fish has been cooked for the delicious enjoyment of your family.
That’s what happened to Bayu, a man from Central Java’s Sukoharjo regency, whose recent tragedy of losing his arowana has drawn sympathy from many in a nation obsessed with the prized pet fish.
Bayu, who works in the industrial city of Cikarang in Bekasi regency, bought the fish at the Jatinegara market in East Jakarta, which is known for its decorative fish section.
Recently, while Bayu was away from home, his brother sent him photos of the fish as it was being prepared and later fried by his father, who decided to have it for a feast without his permission.
“I bought the golden arowana fish for IDR800,000 (RM240) at Jatinegara. It was already expensive then, [and] my fish could have been sold for around IDR2 million (RM601),” Bayu told the Instagram page via DM, as reported by Coconuts Jakarta.
When the arowana — which can grow up to 80cm long — grew too big for his aquarium, he moved it to his parents’ home since there was a bigger fish tank there.
Over time, Bayu’s father grew tired of caring for the fish and decided to cook it one day.
Despite the heartbreak, Bayu said he had no choice but to accept the fish’s fate.
Bayu also said that he feels like throwing up whenever he thinks about his father eating his beloved pet arowana. Thankfully, Bayu revealed that no other family members joined his father’s feast.