One of Hollywood’s most famous animals, Cheeta the chimpanzee from the Tarzan movies of the early 1930s, has died aged 80. The Suncoast Primate Sanctuary in Palm Harbor, Florida, revealed today the iconic star of the golden age of film died on Christmas Eve of kidney failure.
Cheetah outlived both of his co-stars Johnny Weissmuller, who died in 1984 aged 79, and Maureen O’Sullivan, who played Tarzan’s mate Jane and who died aged 87 in 1998. in 2005 he was handed a Guinness world record as the oldest non-human primate. Continue reading on Mail Online.
10 facts about chimpanzees.
1) The Cheetah or Cheeta character appeared in numerous Tarzan movies between 1930 and the 1960s as well as a 1966-1968 television series.
2) The character was honored with a star on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars in March 1995.
3) In 2008 he was the subject of a tongue-in-cheek autobiography called Me Cheeta.
4) Although Cheetah reportedly lived to the age of 80, chimpanzees kept captive in zoos typically live for between 35 to 45 years.
5) Other chimps have also been reported to have been used in the filming of Tarzan, depending on the scene. Their names include Jiggs, a male chimp believed to have been born in the late 1920’s, Zippy, owned and trained by Ralph Quinlan, and Harry, who was born in 1944.
6) The two chimpanzee species – the common chimpanzee and the Bonobo – are the closest living relatives to humans.
7) The male common chimp grows up to 5.6ft high (1.7m) when standing and weighs as much as 70kgs.
8) On the ground, chimpanzees usually walk on all fours using their knuckles for support with their hands clenched.Both the common chimpanzee and bonobo can walk upright on two legs when carrying objects with their hands and arms but the Bonobo has proportionately longer upper limbs and tends to walk upright more often.
9) Chimpanzees make tools and use them to acquire foods and for social displays; they have sophisticated hunting strategies requiring cooperation, influence and rank.
10) Chimps can communicate with non-verbal communication as humans do, such as using hand gestures, and facial expressions.