Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Cheetah, the famous chimp from the Tarzan movies has died at the age of 80.
He outlived his co-stars, Johnny Weismuller who died in 1984, age 79 and Maureen O'Sullivan who passed away in 1998 at the age of 87.
Cheetah died at the Suncoast Primate Sanctuary in Florida. He came to the sanctuary from the Weissmuller estate around 1960.
His keepers from Suncoast said he was a compassionate animal in tune with human feelings, tho if he didn't like something or someone he would throw his poop. He could throw 30 ft. He also finger painted and the sanctuary would sell his paintings.
The Tarzan books did not have a chimp in them but the movies did, which is totally hollywood :)
Cheetah died of kidney failure on christmas eve. What a great chimp he was, I always loved those movies because of him. Thanks for the entertainment, Cheetah.