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Thursday, April 12, 2007

Happy 75th to Cheeta, Who is Apparently Gay

I've always found it existentially jarring that film star Cheeta the chimp only played a chimp named Cheeta in films. Before you wrap your head around that and other Cheeta minutiae, it's time to wish the world's oldest chimp a happy 75th birthday.
Cheeta, whose coat is now peppered with grey hair, marked the occasion with a party featuring sugar-free cake and diet soft drinks in the California desert town of Palm Springs, famous as a retirement community for old movie stars.

He has lived there with his trainer for the past 16 years.

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Mr Westall said there was plenty of life left in the veteran actor, adding: "He likes to go to the drive-through and get a hamburger."
More -- including word Cheeta's diabetic -- here. Nauseating NBC 11 shot of Cheeta snogging said trainer here.

On a personal note, it's my sister's 27th birthday today. She's deathly afraid of monkeys (to the extent that she named her cat "Monkey" in an unsuccessful attempt to conquer her fear). Happy birthday, Brit.

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