CinemaDave (cinemadave) wrote,

Happy birthday Cheeta!!!

Tarzan's costar from MGM and RKO Radio Pictures,
turned 74 today.

Cheeta turned 74 on April 9th, 2005 and has been recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's oldest chimpanzee. He's 4 foot tall and 142 pounds. He starred in 12 Tarzan movies during the '30's and 40's. Dan 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.

Cheeta now spends his days socializing with other primates and his caregivers. Being diabetic, Cheeta's staple diet consists of fresh fruit, vegetables, and monkey chow.

The sanctuary's primates are provided with a variety of activities to stimulate their intellect and curiosity. One of the activities is painting, which allows chimpanzees toJohnny Weissmuller and Cheeta in Tarzan mimic their innate behavior of inventing and using tools.

For more information, please visit Cheeta's home page:
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