Written by Jennifer OConnor
A chimpanzee named Cheetah,
who reportedly played Johnny Weissmuller's
sidekick in the old Tarzan movies,
has died. There is some debate
over Cheetah's credentials, but regardless of whether he
ever acted in the Tarzan movies, he
almost certainly was torn away from his family and home when he was just a baby
and spent decades being exploited by humans.
He ended his years
in a Florida "scamtuary"—a facility formerly known as the Chimp Farm—which
confined intelligent primates to cramped concrete and iron cells. Unfortunately, little has improved
since the outfit gave itself the misleadingly grandiose name of Suncoast
Primate Sanctuary and the original owner's granddaughter took over operations.
Ending up in decrepit roadside zoos
is often how animal "actors" are "retired." Please never
buy a ticket to a movie that uses animals
instead of innovative computer-generated
and never visit roadside zoos and pseudo-sanctuaries that continue to exploit formerly famous animals to their dying day.
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