published Wednesday, December 28th, 2011

Cheetah the chimp from 1930s Tarzan flicks dies

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    A file photo shows Johnny Weissmuller, right, as Tarzan, Maureen O'Sullivan as Jane, and Cheetah the chimpanzee, in a scene from the 1932 movie Tarzan the Ape Man. A Florida animal sanctuary says Cheetah the chimpanzee from the Tarzan movies of the 1930s died Cheetah died on Dec. 24 of kidney failure at age 80. (AP Photo/ho, File)
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PALM HARBOR, Fla. (AP) — A Florida animal sanctuary says Cheetah the chimpanzee sidekick in the Tarzan movies of the early 1930s has died at age 80.

The Suncoast Primate Sanctuary in Palm Harbor announced that Cheetah died Dec. 24 of kidney failure.

Sanctuary outreach director Debbie Cobb on Wednesday told The Tampa Tribune ( ) that Cheetah was outgoing, loved finger painting and liked to see people laugh. She says he seemed to be tuned into human feelings.

Based on the works of author Edgar Rice Burroughs, the Tarzan stories, which have spawned scores of books and films over the years, chronicle the adventures of a man who was raised by apes in Africa.

Cheetah was the comic relief in the Tarzan films that starred American Olympic gold medal swimmer Johnny Weissmuller. Cobb says Cheetah came to the sanctuary from Weissmuller's estate sometime around 1960.

Cobb says Cheetah wasn't a troublemaker. Still, sanctuary volunteer Ron Priest says that when the chimp didn't like what was going on, he would throw feces.

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conservative said...

A truly sad day for atheists!

December 28, 2011 at 7:58 a.m.
dude_abides said...

conservative... Does it bother you that this chimpanzee was more famous than anybody you will ever know? Including all your ancestors? I wonder if some chimps think they're better than other chimps.

December 28, 2011 at 8:35 a.m.
conservative said...

Did you attend the funeral? Were his organs to old for your use?

December 28, 2011 at 9:12 a.m.
eastridge8 said...

WOW! 80 yrs old! I think that's remarkable for any animal.

December 28, 2011 at 10:36 a.m.
prairie_dog said...

Thew feces, huh? At least he didn't shoot anybody over a pair of sneakers . . .

December 28, 2011 at 11:29 a.m.
XGSBoss said...

Well, he was no Bonzo! If it weren't for Bonzo teaching Reagan that skyrocketing deficits help get votes, he might never have had the skills to be a republican president!

December 28, 2011 at 11:32 a.m.
librul said...

Great one, Boss!

December 28, 2011 at 1:18 p.m.
Salsa said...

If skyrocketing deficits get you votes then Obama will be our president for life.

December 28, 2011 at 1:41 p.m.
Saban101 said...

5 trillion in deficit spending in the past 30 months, with a recent request for 1.2 trillion more and someone is stupid enough to mention Ronald Reagan? Maybe Cheetah's brain could be preserved for this individual?

December 28, 2011 at 1:57 p.m.
conservative said...

Great one,Salsa! (but you have to admit,it was a sitting duck at close range)

December 28, 2011 at 2:10 p.m.
tipper said...

conservative and salsa: Are you guys that hard up to turn the death of one of your peers into some right-wing clap-trap? You guys must have ulcers eating you up inside. You'll never see 80. And I'm sure your not as handsome.

December 28, 2011 at 3:26 p.m.
dude_abides said...

conservative... I have an organ you can use. No, seriously, you don't believe in evolution? Do you think DNA evidence used in criminal cases is baloney? Is it easier to just call science hogwash than it is to try to understand it? Do you refuse all medical care because it's based in science? See how conflicted you are?

December 28, 2011 at 4:30 p.m.
onetinsoldier said...

With Cheetah gone maybe romney will get the nomination.

December 28, 2011 at 5:38 p.m.
conservative said...

No I don't believe in evilution. I believe in a creator just like all the others who are not atheist. God created mankind and the universe as well. Genesis 1: 1 " In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth." You and all atheist are the conflicted ones. Your many rambling questions attest to that as well.

December 28, 2011 at 5:38 p.m.
onetinsoldier said...

I can guarantee that you were not created by an omnipotent god, usless he was just joking.

December 28, 2011 at 6:04 p.m.
tipper said...

Some of you guys are just mad because Cheetah was more famous than Bonzo.

December 28, 2011 at 7:03 p.m.
McRand said...

"If skyrocketing deficits get you votes then Obama will be our president for life."

Must be why Dubbya gained a second term. He started it. OhBombala just carried on with it.

December 28, 2011 at 8:10 p.m.
McRand said...

P.S. Any vote other than for Ron Paul is a vote for Obama. He's the best chance for booting Obama out of office.

December 28, 2011 at 8:12 p.m.
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