The gar fittingly earned his name from the Anglo-Saxon word for "spear". However, the species far predates any Anglo-Saxon language. These creatures have swam on Earth for the past 100 million years without significant evolutionary changes.
The plight of other animals
Fish were not the only nonhumans affected by the flooding. Shelters for domestic animals reached full capacity as some shelters were flooded and new animals were taken in.
Austin residents have stepped up to the challenge of caring for the animals affected by the flood. Here's a picture of residents waiting in line to become foster parents to dogs and cats who were misplaced by the flooding.