NANFA-- News - Grouper undergoes Chemo-therapy

Sajjad Lateef (
Thu, 16 Oct 2003 09:55:09 -0700 (PDT)

I think that this fish's treatment was mentioned by Kurt Hettinger
during our tour of the Shedd. - Sajjad

Grouper therapy thrills Shedd
Thu Oct 16, 9:40 AM ET

By William Mullen, Chicago Tribune

In the 16 years since Bubba the grouper was dropped off in a bucket on
the doorstep of the Shedd Aquarium, he has turned from a girl into a
boy and grown to a whopping 140 pounds.

That in itself makes a pretty good story, but now Bubba has made marine
veterinary history. Diagnosed last year with cancer, he is believed by
his keepers to be the first fish to undergo chemotherapy.

On Wednesday, a healthy Bubba was slipped into his new home, the
400,000-gallon main pool of the Shedd's new $43 million Wild Reef

As a member of a dwindling species, Bubba would be highly valued in any
aquarium. But of the many thousands of fish at the Shedd, Bubba is
beloved by the aquarium staff and regular visitors for his history as a
foundling and for his persnickety nature. Nobody wanted to let the sick
fish slip away without a good fight.


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