No More Monkeys Jumping on the Bed.

Posted: July 2, 2009 in PSA
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The question that has been keeping you up at night…finally answered:  Bubbles, @ 26 years old…

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  1. Paul Solomon says:

    Born in a small town in Texas in 1983, Bubbles the chimp rose from obscurity to become a part of Michael Jackson’s entourage at the young age of eight months.

    As the news media scratches their collective heads looking for more information to report, CNN anchor Anderson Cooper got the inside scoop on Bubbles, tracking him down at the Center for Great Apes, a nonprofit sanctuary in Florida. Bubbles is now 26 years old and retired. He hangs out with 41 other chimpanzees and orangutans, many former circus performers or show business veterans.

    In an exclusive television report, CNN’s Cooper said that Bubbles and the King of Pop “lived together, dressed alike, and went on tour together.” He then cut to a YouTube clip from 1987 showing the two drinking “tea” together. Anonymous reports that they were actually drinking wine have not been substantiated, although most of Jackson’s former entourage are unable to talk to the media because of “non-disclosure” agreements. As to the reports that the two went to parties together, Cooper said: “This is the 1980’s, so hey, different rules apply.”

  2. Paul Solomon says:

    According to People.com’s Johnny Dodd, a representative for Jackson contacted the sanctuary not long after Bubbles arrived there in 2005, saying that Jackson wanted to come and visit his former BFF and party buddy. But Jackson never made the trip. Ragan told Dodd that Bubbles hasn’t been told of his childhood friend’s recent death. “We haven’t said anything to him yet,” she says, adding that Bubbles is well-adjusted and behaving like a typical chimp: “He’s been his usual self, interacting with friends, eating well, taking cover when it rains.”

    CNN’s Zarella said that after Tarzan’s cheetah, Bubbles may be the most famous chimpanzee in the world. Now that the media circus has come to Bubbles retirement home in Florida, he is no longer second to Tarzan’s pet. Everything related to the pop star is taking on larger-than-life proportions, and Bubbles is arguably bigger than anyone else from Jackson’s former entourage, and that includes former child star Corey Feldman, who came out of the woodwork saying how sad he was to have not made up with Jackson after a well-known feud. Feldman is just one of many people from the pop star’s past trying to get some of the media spotlight to shine on them.

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