Listen up, Crunchers: Michael Jackson’s top banana could use your help.
In the 1980s, Bubbles The Chimpanzee moonwalked, appeared in music videos, and hobnobbed with celebs like Liza Minnelli and Brooke Shields. He even slept in a crib and accompanied MJ on his 1987 Bad World Tour. (Not to mention he once chomped down on the hand of actress Rashida Jones, which makes him pretty damn cool in our book!) Now 26, one of America’s best known pets is hoping an advocate will provide the funding needed for him to live out the rest of his life.
Bubbles has quietly resided at the scenic Center for Great Apes in Wauchula, Florida for the past five years. It costs the animal sanctuary $15,000 to provide care for the famous chimp, so officials are appealing to pet lovers and Michael Jackson fans across the world in hopes someone will sponsor Bubbs with a $150 yearly donation.
The pop icon adopted Bubbles from a Texas research facility shortly after his birth in 1983. Last month, the singer’s sister La Toya visited Bubble at the sanctuary for the first time in nearly 20 years. Their reunion was captured for the Animal Planet documentary Michael Jackson and Bubbles: The Untold Story.