One-time matinee idol is world's oldest ape

April 13, 2007

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Happy Birthday, Cheeta

8:15 AM -- The DailyMail reports that "Cheeta the chimpanzee, the animal star of 12 Tarzan films in the Thirties and Forties, celebrated his 75th birthday" this week.

  • Officially the world's oldest chimp, Cheeta, who was 'discovered' by an animal trainer on a trip to Africa in the 1930s, is said to be in excellent shape at a primate centre in Palm Springs, California.

    He has outlived both his human Tarzan costars. Johnny Weissmuller, who played the lead, died in 1984 aged 79, and Maureen O'Sullivan, who was Jane, died in 1998 at 87.

"Boy," I believe, is still going strong.

— Larry, Whippersnapper Monkey, Light Reading

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