Most people couldn’t imagine working into their 80s, let alone being forced to work. Yet this is pretty much what’s happening to a captive bottlenose dolphin named Bucky, who lives at Dolphin Marine Magic, a marine park in Coffs Harbour, Australia.
Bucky was only 6 months old when he was rescued in 1970 by the original founder of Dolphin Marine Magic, Hec Goodall. According to a report, Bucky had been stranded in the Nambucca River in New South Wales, Australia, and was badly dehydrated and sunburned. But instead of being rehabilitated and released back into the wild, Bucky has spent his entire life at the marine park.
Bucky is now 47 years old. With a dolphin’s average life span being anywhere between 40 and 50 years old, he’d be the human equivalent of 80-something.
What’s more, Bucky has cancer. His condition was first reported to the public in a 2013 episode of “Bondi Vet,” a TV series presented by Dr. Chris Brown in Australia. Bucky’s trainer, Greg Pickering, asked Brown to come check out a few lumps in Bucky’s mouth, which Brown confirmed to be cancer.