August 24, 2006

Aquarium’s cancer surviving grouper dies

CHICAGO (Reuters) - A popular Queensland grouper named
Bubba who became a hero to young cancer victims for surviving a
bout with the disease, has died, the fish's keepers at
Chicago's Shedd Aquarium said on Thursday.

The 154-pound brown-and-white mottled fish, dubbed the
"super grouper," began life as a female but changed into a
male, surviving for three years after undergoing surgery and
chemotherapy for a tumor that grew above his eyes.

He arrived at the aquarium in 1987 anonymously in a bucket,
and was estimated to be 24 years old. He died on Tuesday, with
results from a necropsy pending.

"Bubba overcame some incredible odds over the years, and
that's what made him so special to us. His story of survival
inspired so many of our guests and the public that followed
him," said George Parsons, director of the aquarium's fishes