July 1, 2009

Remembering Bubbles the chimp and Michael Jackson's other exotic pets

Posted: 01:07 AM ET

By Lindsay Barnett – via Los Angeles Times

1art.mjsnakeIn the wake of Michael Jackson's death, many have posed questions about the singer's former pet, Bubbles the chimpanzee

Bubbles was, of course, part of Jackson's entourage - and of his mystique - in the 1980s.  He accompanied Jackson to events and in the studio during the recording of his "Bad" album.  When Jackson toured Japan, Bubbles was there. He even learned how to Moonwalk (sort of).

Of course, as with many elements of Jackson's life, it's hard to separate fact from fiction.  The star reportedly rescued a young Bubbles from a cancer research center in Texas in 1985.  The chimp eventually faded from public view, with few references made to him until Jackson's famous television interview with British journalist Martin Bashir, "Living with Michael Jackson," which aired in early 2003.  In the interview, Jackson told Bashir that Bubbles had become aggressive as he aged, and had been sent away over fears that he would harm Jackson's youngest child, Prince Michael II.  

Bubbles had apparently been living with his longtime trainer, Bob Dunn, since at least as early as 2002, when Dunn spoke with People Magazine.  "Bubbles is an adult chimp and a wild animal," Dunn told the magazine. "We don't let him out to play." 

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Dr.Cleve Armani Trusclair   July 1st, 2009 3:12 am ET

I cannot begin to expound the whole of that effect that Michael Jackson has hadthe music industry. He will be greatly missed but his music will live on forever. Maringouin, Louisiana love you and to the Jackson family, you are in our prayers.

terry thomas   July 1st, 2009 4:44 am ET

Hello Larry King,

linda fischer   July 1st, 2009 10:24 am ET

In think Micheal/s shwo must go on. It would be a gret tribute.

nikigiovani2   July 1st, 2009 9:42 pm ET

Are we so ignorant not to realize that Michael Jackson is our Bach , Beethoven, Mozart, or Vivaldi of the 20th Century! ... but of course it will take another country to recognize America's own true possesion .. a raw talent who had to continuiously recreate himself only to compete with himself.. Now thats deep! What he did for music and the world, he is not indebted to anyone. the world is indebted to him... The King! Clear that mans debt now!!!! He will be in history books forever on! You cant put a pricetag on that!!Real Talk.

sandy jones   July 2nd, 2009 12:04 am ET

Why can't they check the phone records to see if indeed this nurse and Michael Jackson did have some kind of contact?

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