Adopt a Simian Celebrity?

– – We’ve referred here before to Bubbles the Chimp, pet of the late Michael Jackson who in the 1980’s tripped the light fantastic, going to parties at Elizabeth Taylor’s house, having tea with the mayor of Osaka, Japan, and even sharing matching outfits with Michael.  Then Bubbles got too big to be kept as a pet, and he went to the Center for Great Apes in Wauchula, Florida.

Now age 26 and currently weighing in at around 180 lbs., Bubbles is part of a group of seven chimps that spend their time climbing, playing, grooming and tickling one another, and sharing food.  His best bud is a 19-year-old male chimp.  As it costs $15,000 a year to maintain Bubbles,  the animal sanctuary where he resides is asking people to adopt Bubbles for $150 a year.   Although chimps live to be about 60 years of age, they usually only work in animal entertainment until the age of six, after which time they become too large and strong to be safely maintained in human company.   Zoos characteristically don’t take animals like Bubbles, who was raised by humans and doesn’t know chimpanzee rules…

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4 Comments on “Adopt a Simian Celebrity?”

  1. carycomic Says:

    Maybe Cheetah could adopt him. With seventy-odd years’ worth of “Tarzan” residuals, he must be _loaded_, by now!


  2. carycomic Says:

    P.S.—just kidding, of course. I’m well aware that a reporter named Rosen exposed that particular “septugenarian” as actually having been zoo-born circa 1960!


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