Daisy Bateman

Department of “Huh”

Did you know that the chimpanzee who played Cheeta in the Johnny Weissmuller Tarzan movies is still alive, seventy-six years old and living in Palm Springs? I found that surprising, all things considered. Not only that a chimp could live that long, or that his retirement would so closely resemble a human’s (apparently that’s encoded somewhere in the 98% DNA homology). But what I really want to know is, how did they avoid settling in Tarzana?

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