While browsing the Toronto Star of August 25th I came across a lovely story about Bubba the grouper (fish) ... and I quote:
"CHICAGO - Bubba the Grouper, who became a hero to young cancer victims for surviving a bout with the disease, has died, his keepers at the Shedd Aquarium said yesterday."
"Bubba, who turned into an instant celebrity when he became the first fish in history known to have received chemotherapy, was about 24 years old when he died on Tuesday, according to the Shedd officials."
"The 69 kilogram "super grouper" was abandoned at the Chicago aquarium in 1987, left at the reception desk in a bucket."
"...Bubba was diagnosed with cancer in 2001, and two years later, Shedd officials took the unprecedented step of administering chemotherapy for the tumour that grew above his eyes."
"Cancer survivors, especially children, were inspired by Bubba's story of resilience, and he was a Shedd favourite."
A sweet story and one to tell all the family, but perhaps leaving one part out: when Bubba arrived at the aquarium he was a she. She changed gender in the mid 1990s. According to the Toronto Star report that's "not uncommon for certain kinds of fish."
Some creatures get the best of both worlds...
Have a great weekend and I'll "see" you when I'm back in UK early September.