Just came back from helping 5000 trout get into their new homes. As a member of the Sackville Rivers Association, I get to do fun stuff like that. The truck met us and off we went to 4 different lakes and the Sackville River. 5 stops altogether. The truck driver would scoop out a net of fish, then we'd pass it like a bucket brigade to get the squirming mass to its new home. Really cool.
A couple of the spots we went to were a little warmer than I expected and the fish are sometimes a little stunned when they're released so we'd scoop one or two up and force them through the water to get the water forced over their gills and that would wake 'em up a little bit. And since they'd been raised in a hatchery, they seemed to have little fear of people. As they acclimatize they act more and more like regular fish and scoot away.
At the last stop I was the first one in the water's edge and so startled a whole slew of tadpoles.....soon to be trout supper....life goes on.
On the home front, still no maternity wing in the aquarium. When the happy day arrives I can see me passing out cigars:"Here, have a cigar, it's a girl. And a boy, and another boy, and another girl....."