Skip to comments.'Tarzan' chimp celebrates 74th birthday in SoCal desert - HaPPy BirthDay, Cheeta!
Posted on 04/10/2006 1:19:13 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
Cheeta the chimp, star of a dozen "Tarzan" movies in the 1930s and 1940s, celebrated his 74th birthday with sugar-free cake.
Although healthy and active, Cheeta is diabetic.
"He had a good time. The party went real good," said keeper Dan Westfall, operator of the primate sanctuary Creative Habitats and Enrichment for Endangered and Threatened Apes - or CHEETA.
Representatives from a Spanish film festival also showed up for Sunday's party to present Cheeta with the first award of his career - an International Comedy Film Festival of Peniscola prize.
Cheeta has been recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's oldest chimp. Chimps rarely live past the age of 40 in the wild, but can reach 60 in captivity.
The graying, 150-pound Cheeta, one of six primates at the desert sanctuary 110 miles east of Los Angeles, is very active and "he still has every tooth in his head," Westfall said Monday.
Asked about his typical day, Westfall said one of Cheeta's favorite activities is riding around with him in the car. He also likes to paint, what Westfall calls "ape-stract" pieces that are sold to raise money for the nonprofit sanctuary.
Westfall adopted Cheeta in 1992 from his uncle Tony Gentry, an animal trainer who worked in Hollywood and obtained Cheeta from Africa in the 1930s.
He was signing autographs 10 years ago.
Pretty consistent scribble too (up and down, up and down, up and down).
"A chimp's strength flows from the Force. When reach his age, look as good you will not."
Wish *I* could say as much.
Is Boy still alive?
Yep, retired in Southern California.
Happy B-Day, Cheeta.
Gave up booze & smoking....wow....
Thanks, good to hear that along with Cheeta, that Boy is still with us, too.
they'll rot the teeth right out your skull....
I have always wondered just what constituted the illegitimate stage. Then I saw a couple of clips of the '06 Oscars, and stopped wondering.
Hah! Yoda should talk!
Wonder if he's signed up on Medicare Part B?
" ... to present Cheeta with the first award of his career - an International Comedy Film Festival of Peniscola prize.
Cheeta has been recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's ...
LOL.. Oh man,, there are typos and then,, lol ...
It's really bad when we make them in pubic like this, too.
Best to keep it zipped. ;-)
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