Monday, April 10, 2006

Cheeta, the world's oldest chimp, turns 74

It's his party, and he'll throw feces if he wants to.

Cheeta the chimpanzee is turning 74 today and will be celebrating with a birthday bash.

No word yet on whether the cake will be banana-flavored.

"Oh, he likes anything, as long as there's a lot of it," keeper Dan Westfall said.

The partying primate starred in 12 Tarzan movies during the '30s and '40s.

He has been recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's oldest chimp. The animals rarely live past the age of 40 in the wild, but can reach 60 in captivity.

Cheeta now enjoys the retired life at the CHEETA (Creative Habitats and Enrichment for Endangered and Threatened Apes) Primate Sanctuary in Palm Springs, run by Westfall.

Representatives from a Spanish film festival will also swing by to present Cheeta with the very first award of his career.

The presentation from the International Comedy Film Festival of Peñíscola (Spain) will be the first award of Cheeta's career.

Story here.


Anonymous said...

Bush out, Cheeta in!

Anonymous said...

Wow! I used to watch his movies on late night tv. Better actor than Reagan was.