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.
“My arowana was fried by my father. I bought it in Jatinegara, aged around four years and it had accompanied me in Cikarang for two years. I brought it home [to Sukoharjo] but my father didn’t take care of it because he was lazy and ended up frying it,” Bayu told community account @solokini via DM, as written in the caption above.