BROOKFIELD, Ill. (CBS) – FedEx Returns returned a 47-year-old dolphin named Lucky to Brookfield Zoo, as he was undergoing treatment for terminal cancer.
Lucky lived at the Brookfield Zoo before, but has resided at a Florida facility since 2008. He had to undergo treatment after being diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma – a type of skin cancer. and oral cancer.
When it became clear that Lucky needed advanced treatment, the Zoological Society of Chicago contacted FedEx, which assisted in bringing him back to the Brookfield Zoo.
FedEx has provided support as part of FedEx is interested in the “Make It Good” initiative, in which it lends its services to organizations with mission-critical needs, the zoo said.
Rita Stacey, curator of marine mammals for CZS, said: “We are delighted to have Lucky back at Brookfield Zoo, although we wish it were under different circumstances. “Due to Lucky’s calm nature, he is making this important medical treatment easy to complete by being 100% cooperative.”
Lucky received continuous treatments after treatments from staff, who rewarded him with an extremely special fish such as large herring or salmon. He will continue to receive cryotherapy, the frequency of which will depend on how he responds.
“Brookfield Zoo is now Lucky’s permanent home,” Stacey said in the statement. “It’s a special animal and we want to give it the medical care it needs to ensure it has the best quality of life during its golden years.”