A Texas mother has revealed that her daughter’s fish tank completely froze over as the state battles extreme weather that has caused historic power outages, leaving millions of residents without heat in arctic temperatures.
Reni King, 26, from Amarillo, took to TikTok this week to show how the water in the large tank was frozen solid in the cold — with their pet molly fish somewhere inside the block of ice.
‘This is what it’s like living in Texas rn,’ she captioned the viral clip, which has been viewed more than 34.7 million times.
Crazy: Reni King, 26, from Amarillo, Texas, took to TikTok this week to show how her daughter’s fish tank was frozen solid after they lost power in their home in the arctic temperatures
Not looking good: In the viral video, the shocked mom walked into her daughter’s bedroom and saw the frozen water, determining the fish was likely dead
The footage showed the shocked mom walking into her daughter’s bedroom and seeing the frozen water.
‘Look at my daughter’s fish tank,’ she said. ‘Oh my gosh…Yeah, that fish is dead.’
President Joe Biden has approved a state of emergency in Texas this week as millions were left without power in freezing temperatures after power plants were knocked offline in icy conditions.
King told BuzzFeed their home was not equipped to handle the extreme weather. Not only did they lose power a few times, but their taps also froze.
Emergency: The extreme winter weather in Texas has caused power outages, leaving millions of residents without heat. King and her family ended up staying in a hotel for a few days
The family had to spend a few nights in a hotel to ensure they would be able to properly care for their infant son.
The mom explained that their other pets have been fine because a few rooms in the house are heated — but their daughter’s bedroom wasn’t.
King discovered the frozen fish tank a few days ago when they went home to pick up some clean clothes.
Millions of people have commented on King’s video, with one concerned viewer asking for an update on their fish.
In a follow-up clip, she explained that her wife had put a heater in the tank and the water was beginning to thaw.
Follow-up: After King’s wife put a heater in the tank to thaw the water, they found the lifeless fish hidden in a boat decoration
Wishing and hoping: Many people were convinced that the fish was alive, just ‘stunned,’ and begged her to wait a day to see if it comes back to life
Done for: King later shared footage of the fish belly-up in the water as she removed it from the tank, asking in the caption: ‘Am I allowed to flush it now?’
When she checked back a few hours later, they found their fish was hidden in a boat decoration a the bottom of the tank, likely dead.
Many people were convinced that the fish was alive, just ‘stunned,’ and begged her to wait a day to see if it comes back to life.
King’s most recent video showed her removing the fish from the tank after determining the pet was definitely dead.
‘Look, since y’all so sure that homeboy is still alive — OK, we left him just for y’all, and I’m gonna move him,’ she said. ‘I don’t know what y’all are seeing but homeboy is 100 per cent belly-up y’all.’
In the caption, she asked: ‘Am I allowed to flush it now? Or what’s the next step y’all?’