PITTSBURGH– Zoey the California sea lion at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium is recovering from a new treatment for cancer and officials say it is helping save the life.
The 23-year old animal received the stereotactic radion treatment for throat cancer from the vets and techs partners from Pittsburgh Veterinary Specialty Emergency Center (PVSEC) and PetCure Oncology, and PetCure Oncology.
Officials say stereotactic radiation attacks cancerous tissue destroying it with minimal damage to surrounding organs. Zoey began treatments earlier this summer after zookeepers noticed her lack of appetite. They discovered lesions on the roof of the animal’s mouth, and they made a cancer diagnosis from a biopsy.
Zookeepers say Zoey is doing well. They report she is eating, playing, and involved in her regular training sessions.