Bubbles, Michael Jackson’s chimp, tried to kill himself and was abused.

Bubbles, Michael Jackson’s chimp, tried to kill himself and was abused.

Bubbles, Michael Jackson’s chimp, tried to kill himself and was abused.

Michael Jackson’s chimp Bubbles


Bubbles the chimp was supposedly sent to the hospital in 2003 when Jackson was accused with child molestation, but he now lives a much more peaceful life.

Bubbles the chimp appeared to have a wonderful existence with Michael Jackson on the surface, but the reality was much different.

After purchasing Bubbles for $65,000 from an animal trainer in the 1980s, the duo became practically inseparable and were frequently pictured together.

Bubbles had a life unlike any other chimp, including travelling with the King of Pop on his Bad global tour and even enjoying tea with the mayor of Osaka, Japan.

Bubbles was initially housed in the Jackson family’s Los Angeles home before being relocated to Neverland to live side-by-side with his celebrity owner.


The ape apparently slept in Jackson’s cot, ate sweets in the movie theatre, and dumped his own faeces throughout the estate.

Behind the joyful portrayal of Bubbles’ life with Jackson, however, there were troubling reports about how he was mistreated.

Jane Goodall, the world’s leading primatologist, believes Bubbles was punched in the face and kicked in the stomach while living with Jackson.

She further stated that when she tried to talk to the celebrity about it, he became enraged.

Speaking in 2014, the expert told TMZ : “I went to see him and we talked about Bubbles. I ticked him off.

“Bubbles is still alive and he’s beautiful. But when he was with Michael he was being beaten.”


Although she did not name Michael as Bubbles’ alleged abuser, Jack Gordon, the ex-husband of the star’s sister La Toya, claimed he witnessed Michael assaulting the helpless creature.

He said: “I saw Michael punch Bubbles in the face, kick him in the stomach.”

Michael Jackson’s family has disputed allegations that he was cruel to Bubbles.

Goodall claims Bubbles was ‘struck across the room’ to discipline him in a new ITV programme, Searching for Michael Jackson’s Zoo with Ross Kemp.

When she showed him videos of primates in lab cages and circuses, she claims Jackson smiled.

Telling Ross how she reprimanded Jackson about his treatment of animals, Goodall says: “He looked at me and [asked] ‘you wouldn’t approve of a chimp being hit over the head, would you?’ I said, ‘No, Michael, you know I wouldn’t.’


“Bubbles was hit when he did something wrong. Michael said that once he was hit across the room. I said, ‘Well, Michael, did you think that was all right?’ And he said, ‘No, not really.’”

Gooddall claims that her advice was ignored since Bubbles was replaced with an infant chimp named Bubbles.

The original Bubbles was believed to have become more violent as he matured to 12st, necessitating his transfer to a California trainer in 2003.

Bubbles was relocated due to fears that he would assault Jackson’s newborn son, Prince Michael II.

“Bubbles is an adult chimp and a wild animal,” ranch owner Bob Dunn stated at the time to CNN. “We don’t let him out to play.”

This didn’t stop Jackson from purchasing two more newborn chimps, Max and Action, who were mistakenly identified as Bubbles by the public.


Bubbles allegedly attempted suicide after his master was charged with child molestation shortly after the move.

And according to The Times of India, after the King of Pop was charged, “his favorite pet, a chimpanzee named Bubbles tried to commit suicide.”

Bubbles was fortunately saved by medics in December of that year, and no further information regarding the incident has been released.

Bubbles was relocated to the Centre for Great Apes in Wauchula, Florida, when the trainer closed down in 2004.

Bubbles’ daily schedule is significantly more relaxed, consisting of drawing and listening to flute music.

Since his time with Jackson, his look has changed dramatically, with his facial characteristics growing flatter and his bulk increasing dramatically.


The 160-pound beast is “huge and ugly,” but has a “sweet character,” according to the center’s keepers.

It was also stated that after learning of Jackson’s death from a prescription drug-induced overdose in 2009, the chimp self-harmed.

Patti Ragan, the founder of the Centre For Great Apes, refuted the claims, claiming that Bubbles was never told of Michael’s death and wouldn’t understand anyhow.

“Bubbles definitely missed [Jackson] when they parted and will miss him now,” animal trainer Dunn told the News of the World.

“Chimpanzees are intelligent. They remember people and stuff. Bubbles and Michael were close friends and playmates.

“The last time Michael visited, Bubbles definitely recognized and remembered him.”


During a visit to the zoo in 2010, La Toya Jackson broke down in tears when she saw Bubbles the chimp for the first time in 20 years.

Bubbles, at 39 years old, is still having a good time at the Florida ape centre.

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