Sorry, I've just now calmed down a little and had to share. (This story has a happy ending, I promise-- HE'S FINE. You can keep reading.)
After dinner with a friend and her family, I came home earlier this evening and decided to go upstairs and get changed into my PJs. (And here's the thing-- I wasn't even supposed to be getting changed yet, because we were going to be setting off some fireworks later and, you know, I didn't want to be in my pyjamas for that. But I had this urge to go upstairs.) I'd gotten dressed and was putting my clothes away, and out of the corner of my eye I spotted this black thing on my carpet. It had fins. I literally yelped
and knelt down to cup the little body on the floor.
Taffler's tank is kept on top of a large-ish portable fireplace next to my bed-- the top doesn't get hot, and mostly I just put it on some nights in the winter before I brush my teeth so my room will be warmer when I go to bed. It has a glass lid, which I kept slid slightly open so I can thread the heater cord through and get some air into the tank. After his water change today, with his water at a slightly higher level than normal, I guess I'd forgotten to push the lid close enough to the edge that he couldn't jump out-- and he did.
I noticed immediately that he was still wet when I picked him up, and he started flopping around in my hands, shocked and scared-- which I took as a good sign. Moving quite possibly faster than I've ever moved, I gently held him in two hands, moved the lid off his tank and slipped him in. Fortunately, he started swimming around almost immediately; I think me coming into the room had gotten him excited, and he'd jumped while I was there.
He's absolutely fine now, and the fall doesn't appear to have hurt him-- he was a little exhausted at first but after a bit of rest he seems to be back to himself. And like, I have two cats-- if I hadn't been up there at that time, if I hadn't decided I should get changed, if I hadn't looked as I was leaving the room
, he'd probably be gone now.
NOT AN ADRENALINE RUSH I NEEDED TONIGHT, THANK YOU, TAFF.