Michael Jackson was an aficionado of animals near and far, but adored no one more than his beloved Bubbles.
Long gone are the glamorous, fame-obsessed 1980s when Jackson ruled the music market. Now, the 26-years-old chimp lives a quiet life at the Center for Great Apes in Wauchula, Fla.
According to AOL news, after five years, the animal asylum is asking pet enthusiasts to adopt Jackson’s furry friend for $150.
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Bubbles inhabits the center at a cost of $15,000 a year. However, like anyone one who understands that the cost of assisted living is expensive, founder Patti Ragan hopes Jackson’s fans will fork over moolah to assist the capital-commendable chimpanzee.
At an adoption rate of $150 a year, sponsors of Bubbles will receive an 8-by-10 photo of the celebrated ape that spent his youth attending Elizabeth Taylor’s house fêtes and on the set of someone Jackson’s most cherished music videos.
The Center for Great Apes is a private institution that combines fabulous retirement flair with a traditional primate playground setting for cherished chimpanzee celebrities like Sam, star of family film “Dustin Checks In.” Founded in 2004, the asylum has a mile of elevated passageways with over 16 singular habitats that are 40 feet high.
Ragan stresses that Bubbles is a special case that is different than the common zoo simians: he was raised by humans, and therefore, is alien to the chimpanzee world.
FlashNews.com reports that Bubbles the chimp was born in a Texas research facility, where he was rescued by Jackson with the aid of Bob Dunn, a supplier of animals and trainers for tinsel town cinema. Bubbles was one of several simians bred for animals testing.
Like all animals, Bubbles had grown and could be kept no longer as a pet and was sent back to Dunn’s animal farm where Jackson and his children would visit on occasion.
Ragan noted that Bubbles and additional chimpanzees are in need of victuals, warmth during wintertime, veterinary care, and enrichment materials like brainteaser puzzles, playthings, and play structures.
A year after the entertainer’s untimely death, Bubbles is finally getting some buzz around the media circus surrounding the anniversary. With visitations by LaToya Jackson, who appeared as a part of the new Animal Planet documentary “Michael Jackson and Bubbles: The Untold Story,” Ragan hopes to promote the brand of asylum and her pet cause.
The question on everybody’s minds may be whether Bubbles “knows” that Jackson is no longer with us. In an interview with the Today Show on NBC, Ragan noted that the asylum has not discussed it with the showbiz chimp because Jackson had not seen Bubbles for “many years.”