Like Most Humans, Jacko's Bubbles Retired in Fla.

By Mat Probasco,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 13, 2009 5:56 AM CDT
Bubbles, a chimpanzee formerly owned by Michael Jackson, dressed in jeans and a T-shirt in Tokyo in 1987, holds up a photo of himself and the singer.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – He sat in the studio as the "Bad" album was recorded, dined with countless celebrities, and was once perhaps the world's most famous chimp. But like so many oldsters, today Michael Jackson's onetime pal Bubbles lives a quiet life in the retirement haven of Florida, reports the Miami Herald.

Bubbles, whose aggressive behavior toward Jackson's children precipitated his "retirement" in 2003, lives in a 120-acre Florida chimp sanctuary with 41 other primates. He's 26 years old, a little pudgy, and until recently was able to avoid the public eye. Jackson's death, however, brewed a maelstrom of unwanted attention. The sanctuary denies most visitation requests—and no, Bubbles does not moonwalk.
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