(Palm Springs, CA) Cheeta, a chimpanzee who starred in a dozen "Tarzan" movies in the 1930s and 1940s, celebrated his 74th birthday this week.
Handlers of the chimp, who has a form of diabetes similar to that found in hmans, baked Cheetah a sugar-free cake.
"He had a good time," said Dan Westfall, operator of the primate sanctuary Creative Habitats and Enrichment for Endangered and Threatened Apes (CHEETA). "The party went real good."
Chimpanzees tend to live for 40 to 45 years in the wild and into their mid-50s in captivity.
Dan Westfall adopted Cheeta in 1992 from his uncle Tony Gentry, who was a Hoyylwood animal trainer; Gentry obtained Cheeta from Africa in the 1930s.