Red Female

How did you choose the name for your betta?

I like the name Marlie and I like Kate Winslet lol. I wanted them to be jokingly related.

Is there a story behind your betta – when were you first united?

I found my girl on one of my few adventures to Walmart. She had been moved to a dark shelf in the small animal supply aisle, along with a plethora of dead bettas… Ew. They must have thought she was dead, the water was filthy so it was hard to tell. I was going to walk away in disgust but I saw her move so I somewhat tapped on the plastic and she did a little wiggle. So I bought her in the hopes that I could make her feel comfortable for at least a few hours. The fish I had had for years had died and the tank was already clean and cycling so it was ready for an inhabitant. Not only did she survive the night, months later she’s here today.

What makes your betta special to you?

Being able to save my girl has made me very happy. She’s very smart to the point that she knew when to cone up to the top for food and medicine. She always gets excited to see me and I’m a sucker for that! She also has more twitter followers than I do. I thought it would be fun to have a social media page about a pet, I mean that’s what the internet is for. But it also turned into an inspiring and goofy story about a transgender fish who is sassy and girly and loves Chai tea. She has a whole persona and I love it, I love thinking about her. Yes she was born a boy fish, but she identifies female and she is proud and sassy and I love her.

Is there anything else you would like to add about your betta?

Her twitter is @bettathanchai