R.I.P. Cheetah the Chimpanzee

December 28, 2011

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Beloved actor, companion, and shit-thrower Cheetah the Chimpanzee reportedly died on Saturday after suffering kidney failure a week prior. He was 80-ish, which is apparently pretty old for a chimp.

Cheetah was the simian co-star of the Tarzan films of the '30s and had since retired to Florida's Suncoast Primate Sanctuary, whose website has now collected such fond farewells as: "God bless you Cheetah. Now you and Tarzan are together again," presuming chimpanzees and ape-men go to the same afterlife.

The sanctuary's outreach director, Debbie Cobb, lovingly described Cheetah like someone's great-aunt, calling him "an outgoing chimp who loved finger painting and watching football and who was soothed by Christian music." She went on to call screen chimp "very compassionate" and "[not] a chimp that caused a lot of problems," seemingly speaking directly against volunteer Ron Priest's claim Cheetah "would pick up some poop and throw it at [anyone or anything he didn't like]. He could get you at 30 feet with bars in between."

Priest also claimed that Cheetah is not believed to be survived by any children. But you know these Hollywood types.

Cheetah, chimp from Tarzan films, dies [CNN]

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