This Elderly Dolphin Has Cancer – but Is Still Being Forced to Perform

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Bucky is currently being made to drag tourists around on his back, jump through hoops and offer “dolphin kisses” at an Australian marine park.

He is a 47-year-old bottlenose dolphin – the equivalent of around 80 in human years – who has been held captive at the Dolphin Magic Park in Australia since he was 6 months old. And despite being diagnosed with cancer in 2013, he still has to work every day, entertaining crowds of paying customers.

Being forced to perform demeaning circus shows day in and day out for decades is bad enough – but having to do it when old and sick is simply heartbreaking.

This is one more instance of a marine park showing just how little it cares for animals’ well-being. Recently at the same park, one of Bucky’s sons, a 1-year-old dolphin named Ji-Ling, died after consuming sticks, leaves and a piece of metal in one of the tanks. At other marine parks around the world, such as SeaWorld, there are many similar stories of animals who have died tragically young as a result of being kept in deeply unnatural conditions.

Dolphins are highly intelligent social animals who lead rich and complex lives in the wild and swim up to 50 miles a day. When they’re imprisoned in small chlorinated tanks, they suffer just as any human would if locked in a small enclosure for years on end.

Local groups such as Australia for Dolphins are working on the ground to help end Bucky’s drudgery and retire him to a sanctuary. But you can help animals like Bucky, too – when you’re on holiday, please avoid marine parks and “swim-with-dolphins” attractions. If you see any travel companies advertising these types of trips, send them an e-mail asking them to stop promoting cruelty to animals.


  • Juliette strobel commented on May 10, 2016 at 5:03 pm

    This is vile and needs to be stopped!

    • Rhiannon commented on June 5, 2016 at 1:11 pm

      it really does it is tight would other people make there grandparents do that the same way they do it to dolphins .

  • Helen Wordsworth commented on May 10, 2016 at 5:04 pm

    Stop this it is disgusting! Let the poor ill dolphin go free – stop this abuse

  • Conor Gowling commented on May 10, 2016 at 5:05 pm

    Let the poor sick dolphin go free

    • Sharon Bratley commented on May 26, 2016 at 10:54 pm

      This is vile but we can’t just turf him out into the sea. The dolphin probably has zero self survival skills, thanks to us, and now requires medical help.

  • Melanie Trower commented on May 10, 2016 at 5:27 pm

    You should be ashamed, retire Bucky, don’t you think after performing for 46 years and obviously making The Dolphin Magic Park thousands of dollars he deserves to spend the remainder of his life in a better environment.

  • Katie commented on May 10, 2016 at 5:33 pm


  • Jennifer Comer commented on May 10, 2016 at 5:42 pm

    Humans have a disregard for life on this planet. Thank goodness not everyone. We are a tiny speck in this cosmos, are planet and the life on it should be nurtured and valued, not abused. We’ve no where to run when it’s destroyed. We are still in the primordial mire. God help us to help ourselves and all sentient life.

  • janet bullee commented on May 10, 2016 at 5:45 pm

    We now know that these amazing creatures form loving family bonds and have feelings, they should all be free to live their natural lives, no civilized society would keep them captive. swim free

  • Sandra ezzine commented on May 10, 2016 at 5:55 pm

    This is so sad.Let the dolphin retire you’ve had your blood money out of him.

  • Judith Trunks commented on May 10, 2016 at 6:18 pm

    Can’t believe Australia can let this cruel thing happen they should be ashamed of themselves .

  • Jj lowe commented on May 10, 2016 at 6:28 pm

    This is pure wickedness HORRFIC suffering this dolphin is very sick what us wrong with them?????? Kindly be a voice and stop thus horrendous abuse because it us clearly that!!!! Despicable they should be very ashamed ! So wrong! Thank you very acbouce and make a difference thank you that poor creature words fail actually! Stop this now. Inhumane cruel act beyond words!!!

  • ms jacky hunkin commented on May 10, 2016 at 6:28 pm

    its disgusting no animal should be made to perform for human entertainment,its all in the name of money,this all needs to be stopped .

  • Jj lowe commented on May 10, 2016 at 6:29 pm


  • B Dickson commented on May 10, 2016 at 6:37 pm


  • denise Jones commented on May 10, 2016 at 6:41 pm

    This poor dolphin should be put out to swim in a pool away from crowds and looked after properly till the end. He has earned that much.

  • Anne fothergill commented on May 10, 2016 at 6:42 pm

    Stop being cruel to this animal !

  • sandy nielsen commented on May 10, 2016 at 6:54 pm

    This makes me sick they should be made to do back flips and cartwheels for the dolphin

  • angela derooy commented on May 10, 2016 at 7:06 pm

    There is no excuse for this abuse we need to help this poor dolphin

  • Janet Gale commented on May 10, 2016 at 7:06 pm

    This is cruel.

  • Shaun Knapman commented on May 10, 2016 at 7:11 pm

    You should be ashamed!!!

  • chrissy wallington commented on May 10, 2016 at 7:23 pm

    CRUEL !!!!!!!

  • Nancy Marriott commented on May 10, 2016 at 7:32 pm

    Tragic. Performing animals need to stop now for all animals, incredibly medieval that anyone still thinks it’s acceptable.

  • Judith Otto commented on May 10, 2016 at 7:32 pm

    Do these people have no heart ? Probably not, they only see the $ sign.

  • Susan commented on May 10, 2016 at 7:51 pm

    Please retire Bucky to a sanctuary and give him an enjoyable end to his life.

  • Sharon Applegate commented on May 10, 2016 at 8:40 pm

    Absolutely disgusting let her live the rest of her life in peace x

  • Johanne Wright commented on May 10, 2016 at 8:59 pm

    Let this beautiful creature stop working.

  • Fred Litten commented on May 10, 2016 at 9:20 pm

    STOP this cruelty!

  • Mairi Young commented on May 10, 2016 at 9:24 pm

    This is beyond cruelty . So saddened by this abuse of a beautiful creature.

  • Jules Tutt commented on May 10, 2016 at 9:31 pm

    He should be aloud to enjoy his life!!! He should be treated with love and respect and not being abused in this way!!!!!!!

  • Eileen Grassick commented on May 10, 2016 at 9:38 pm

    Give this poor creature the love , protection and respect it deserves !!!!!!!

  • moira brabender commented on May 10, 2016 at 9:46 pm

    So much for caring about the dolphins. Can you imagine the pain the poor animal is in and having to perform with people who should know better than perform with an animal, far less a sick one. I wonder about the tourists that go to these so called ‘shows’ for entertainment. They seem to have no compassion and no mentality. This sick dolphin should be kept well away from this pool as should all the dolphins kept there. The powers that be, eg the animal welfare people should be right in there. Where are they? Animals are not our toys.

  • Cheryl Rushton commented on May 10, 2016 at 10:18 pm

    I am quite literally running out of words to describe the repugnant behavior of my own species!!

  • mavis wood commented on May 10, 2016 at 10:22 pm

    Let them all free its totally cruel. Such kind understanding creatures it’s wicked.

  • Ruth commented on May 10, 2016 at 11:13 pm

    This is truly obseen . How can this be entertainment it’s awful. Shame on those how visit these water parks with these beautiful intelligent animals.

  • irene sposetti commented on May 11, 2016 at 6:29 am

    Comments instead of a Petition ?

    Yes..Just stop abusing that animal a leave it free to experts care and cures.

  • SARA commented on May 11, 2016 at 8:58 am

    Allow him to retire in comfort and peace

  • Tracey Bradstock commented on May 11, 2016 at 9:08 am

    Animals should not be exploited in such a way. It’s cruel that the human race does this for money. Stop capturing sea life for entertainment n let them free or show mercy n end this dolphins suffering.
    All this is, is greed. Start to care n clean up your act. Imagine how we would feel if we were exploited in such a way – it’s cruel.

  • Irene Rodgers commented on May 11, 2016 at 10:25 am

    Truly awful, let this poor dolphin go free

  • Angela commented on May 11, 2016 at 1:24 pm

    This is just awful and heartbreaking

  • cynthia price commented on May 11, 2016 at 5:31 pm

    Where’s the compassion??

  • Susan Sanders commented on May 11, 2016 at 6:26 pm

    Please put an end to this dolphins suffering.

  • Sofi Nordstrom commented on May 11, 2016 at 8:13 pm

    Animal abuse! Free them to their natural habitat! Close Sea World and all other animal abuse centers. Huge fines and jail the management!!! It’s horrific!

  • Julia moore commented on May 11, 2016 at 9:37 pm

    Free this poor dolphin . Disgusting cruelty

  • Barbara Greaves commented on May 11, 2016 at 9:53 pm

    Please stop this cruel behaviour of a beautiful intelligent animal.

  • Kay houchen commented on May 11, 2016 at 10:11 pm

    This is heartbreaking ,,it’s abuse and cruelty, let the poor baby go free and stop his suffering,,, allow him to recover and live in peace….xx

  • Carole Reynolds commented on May 11, 2016 at 10:14 pm

    Let this poor , sick dolphin live the rest of his life in peace & relaxation somewhere other than this show pool!!!!

  • Jacqui commented on May 11, 2016 at 11:32 pm

    Please help free this dolphin from a horrid existence. They should be banned from keeping them.

  • Tamara Thompson commented on May 14, 2016 at 3:02 pm

    Can’t we just stop this! Children learn nothing from these experiences except that animals are here for our entertainment. This is just wrong.

  • Christine Chinnery commented on May 14, 2016 at 3:17 pm

    Sea world and all you other marine parks out there. DONT BE SO CRUEL. Retire all these poor animals and stop making money from extreme cruelty. Also all you brainless parents STOP TAKING YOUR KIDS TO THESE SHOWS

  • angela derooy commented on May 15, 2016 at 1:30 am

    Please stop retire this poor soul

  • Joe commented on May 15, 2016 at 7:46 am

    Do the right thing and retire the elderly dolphin in comfort. Do not replace with a new dolphin either.

  • Marni Montanez commented on May 20, 2016 at 10:23 pm

    How can you be so heartless and make this dolphin perform with cancer. You are despicable and disgusting. Inhumane and barbaric behavior by these greedy people.

  • mireille dumont commented on May 27, 2016 at 7:45 am

    When will you show some real human feelings ???!!!!..
    Animals are not in this world to entertain us …or to make us rich! !!!

  • Muriel Servaege commented on May 31, 2016 at 10:48 pm

    Heartbreaking. Sickening. We may wonder who is human: the dolphin or the humans?

  • Rita Eskew commented on June 3, 2016 at 12:28 am

    All mammals and all animals have feelings and should be freed to live their life’s in their natural environments …..

  • E Smith commented on June 4, 2016 at 1:07 pm

    This is a disgrace. How would the owners of the park feel if they were old and ill but being made to perform for paying crowds of tourists?

    Is there not a petition available for us to sign?

  • Lee Sutton commented on June 11, 2016 at 4:12 pm

    Disgusted at being human, sick that money and greed is more important that life. What is wrong with people. Lacking in empathy or what?.

  • Rita Eskew commented on June 14, 2016 at 3:46 pm

    These people need to free these dolphins and orcas and stop using them to make money…..How would they like to be made perform when they’re sick or if they had cancer…Stop.Stop.

  • Rita Eskew commented on June 14, 2016 at 3:48 pm

    Stop these places from making money off of animals..Stop!Stop!

  • Angela derooy commented on June 15, 2016 at 3:13 pm

    Please allow this Dolphin to due in peace. Stop the entertainment

  • Barbara Stewart commented on June 21, 2016 at 2:26 pm

    Disgusting…is a money making ploy….
    Poor Dolphins… Stop this abuse. They should be seen in their natural environment, or in documentaries…

  • Pamela J Birdsey commented on June 22, 2016 at 11:37 pm

    I am going to Austrailia in November and since reading these posts I will certainly not be visiting these marine parks.

  • Lisbeth commented on August 20, 2016 at 3:20 pm

    I hope They bann these dolpin parks

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