December 14 – Day 349

Awww National Monkey Day 

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I don’t have a monkey, and don’t want to visit one in captivity as I hate that shit. But seeing as how I am celebrating, I thought I would touch on my three favouritest monkeys of all time

1) Micheal Jacksons’ Bubbles:

“Bubbles (born April 30, 1983) is a common chimpanzee once kept as a pet by American recording artist Michael Jackson. Jackson bought him from a Texas research facility in the early 1980s. Bubbles frequently traveled with Jackson, whose attachment to him led to media mockery and, among other factors, a public perception of Jackson as eccentric. During the Badworld tour, for example, Jackson brought Bubbles with him to Japan, where they drank tea with the mayor of Osaka.

Bubbles was initially kept at the Jackson family‘s home in Encino, Los Angeles, but was moved to Neverland Ranch in 1988. There, he slept in a crib in Jackson’s bedroom, used his toilet and ate candy in the Neverland movie theater. By 2003, like many captive chimpanzees, Bubbles had matured into a large and aggressive adult chimp unsuitable as a companion animal. He was sent to a California animal trainer. When the trainer closed his operation in 2004, Bubbles was moved to the Center for Great Apes, a sanctuary in Wauchula, Florida, where he has lived since 2005.

Bubbles’ companionship was a source of comfort to Jackson and formed, writes journalist Steve Huey, a public perception of Jackson as a “bizarre eccentric, obsessed with recapturing his childhood.”[11][12][13] According to Robert Thompson, professor of popular culture at Syracuse University, “This is when the weirdness began to reach mythic proportions.”[14]

Jackson and Bubbles’ bond, as well as Jackson’s other alleged eccentricities, contributed to the media epithet “Wacko Jacko,” a nickname Jackson came to despise.[12] The media often focused on Bubbles, rather than Jackson’s music, and published false stories, such as the allegation that Bubbles was not a single ape, but one of several.[15][16] A later claim suggested that Bubbles had died; Jackson’s press agent Lee Solters quipped to the media that “when Bubbles heard about his demise he went bananas … Like Mark Twain, his death is grossly exaggerated and he’s alive and doing well.”[17][18] The media also reported that Bubbles would be the ringbearer at Elizabeth Taylor‘s October 6, 1991 Neverland Ranch wedding; the report was untrue, but was, according to The New York Times, “an idea that some newspapers found too delightful not to report.”[19]

Another story, reported in The National Enquirer, claimed that Prince, Jackson’s longtime rival, had used extrasensory perception to turn Bubbles crazy. “What kind of sicko would mess with a monkey?” Jackson was reported to have asked. “This is the final straw. Poor, poor Bubbles.” Jackson found the story hilarious, and his staff reported that they had never seen him laugh so much ” – Wikipedia 

2) Cincinnati Zoo’s murdered Harambe

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“On May 28, 2016, a three-year-old boy climbed into a gorilla enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden and was grabbed and dragged by Harambe, a 17-year-old Western lowland gorilla. Fearing for the boy’s life, a zoo worker shot and killed Harambe. The incident was recorded on video and received broad international coverage and commentary, including controversy over the choice to kill Harambe. A number of primatologists and conservationists wrote later that the zoo had no other choice under the circumstances, and that it highlighted the danger of zoo animals in close proximity to humans and the need for better standards of care” – Wikipedia

Also Harambe was a great source of memes:

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3) Darwin the Ikea Monkey:

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Poor little guy got out of his mom’s car while she was at IKEA and went in looking for her. Hilarious. But he got taken from her by animal control – it’s illegal to have a monkey as a pet in Canada

Here is an article all about how he is doing as of 2015

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