A chimpanzee who starred in Tarzan films in the 1930s has died at the age of 80, according to the sanctuary where he lived. The Suncoast Primate Sanctuary in Palm Harbor said he died on Saturday of kidney failure. He had acted alongside Johnny Weissmuller and Maureen O’Sullivan in Tarzan films from 1932-34. The animal loved fingerpainting and watching football, and was “soothed by Christian music”.
Sanctuary spokeswoman Debbie Cobb told the Tampa Tribune that Cheetah came to live at Palm Harbor from Johnny Weissmuller’s estate in about 1960. Chimpanzees in zoos typically live 35 to 45 years, she said. It is not clear what lay behind Cheetah’s longevity, or what evidence there is for it.
via BBC News
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