The untimely passing of Michael Jackson has sparked new interest in the whereabouts of a furry blast from the King of Pop’s past. Whatever happened to Michael’s pet chimp, Bubbles? During his years living with the singer backs in the 1980s, the adorable pet chimp was treated almost like a child — wearing diapers, using a toilet, and reportedly learning to do his famous owner’s signature Moonwalk dance move.
CNN has learned that Bubbles, now 26, is alive and thriving at the Center for Great Apes in Wauchula, Florida.
Bubbles was born in a biomedical laboratory in 1983 and purchased as a young chimp by an entertainment trainer and eventually acquired by MJ.
Bubbles moved to the Center for Great Apes in 2005.
According to the Center’s website, Bubbles “is able to throw sand with amazing accuracy, he is extremely gentle with the youngsters, especially infant [chimp] Stryker. In fact, the baby can often be seen riding around on Bubbles’ back.”
“Bubbles can be sensitive and dramatic. If he has any kind of cut or scratch on his body…no matter how small… he will show it many times during the day to his caregivers and ask for sympathy,” his caregivers report.
Interested parties can “adopt” Bubbles: “For a donation of $150, you will receive an adoption certificate, frame quality photograph with biography, and become a member of the sanctuary for one year. For $10,000 you can become my exclusive adoptive “parent” for one full year and have the opportunity for a unique overnight stay in a guest cabin on sanctuary grounds.”
To find out how you can help Bubbles, visit www.centerforgreatapes.org.