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Michael Jackson Fans Can `Adopt' Bubbles The Chimp

<B>Michael Jackson's</B> famed companion, <B>Bubbles,</B> is currently living at the Center For Great Apes in Florida and can be `adopted' through fan donations by
visiting centerforgreatapes.org.

Michael Jackson's famed companion, Bubbles, is currently living at the Center For Great Apes in Florida and can be `adopted' through fan donations by visiting centerforgreatapes.org.

Thursday, June 24, 2010 1:57 GMT

WAUCHULA, Fla. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – It may sound bananas, but Michael Jackson fans can actually adopt his former pet chimp, Bubbles.

For the past five years, Jackson’s furry friend has lived at the Center For Great Apes in Wauchula, Florida.

Sanctuary founder Patti Ragan says their famous resident, like other chimps, can be partly “adopted” by civilians through donations on centerforgreatapes.org.

She says the annual cost of caring for Bubbles is $15,000 for food, veterinary care, toys, and maintaining his habitat.

Ragan notes that donations for Bubbles peaked last June after Jackson’s death, but have since dropped off drastically.

Because the 26-year-old chimp has many years of life left, Ragan thinks giving toward his care is a truly helpful way for fans to honor The King Of Pop.

Those who “adopt” gain access to special open houses at the Center where they can visit and meet Bubbles in person.

Ragan says MJ’s buddy can typically be found napping, eating, or playing with a toy backpack, but doesn’t “Moonwalk” anymore.

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