The death at 80 years of the Mona Chita, the tireless companion of Tarzan in a primate reserve of Florida (USA) has caused large number of reactions and expressions of affection toward this chimpanzee, although there are some who doubt their true identity.While the website Suncoast Primate The Sanctuary in Palm Harbor (Florida East Coast) announces the death "of the star of the Tarzan movies," which occurred on December 24, although it has always been those who have doubted its true identity and have even argued that the Cheetah (Cheetah, in English) never appeared in any film.They have also ensured that was 50 and not 80 as stated in the Suncoast Primate Reserve. Some doubt fueled by the fact that chimpanzees live an average of between 40 and 50.
What is certain is that there was a single chimpanzee that starred Chita in the film "Tarzan." Several monkeys alternated shooting and usually had at least two in the set of recording.In the Twitter account enabled in your name, the "movie star" is only recognized as "one of the chimpanzees used in the film 'Tarzan' of the 30"."Comrades primates! The reserve will be open on Christmas Day. Come celebrate with us," said Chita in his last message posted on Twitter on December 22, just two days before the date of his death, according to their caretakers.In any case, as one admirer wrote today on the website of the animal shelter: "I can only think of the joy that brought so many people. The nice part of your life will be forever in the Tarzan movies."
A sentiment shared by the followers of this animal and the character he played on the big screen, a dozen Tarzan films in the 1930s."Rest in peace Chita, thanks for all the moments of joy you gave us with your continual mischief," said today a follower in the website reserve primates.Another fan, with affection and humor, calls to make sure to include a cigar in the coffin of the faithful companion of (1904-1984), Tarzan, who died of kidney failure.The sociable chimpanzee companion of Tarzan (Chita was actually male) also had artistic talent for painting, but did not use brushes but the fingers, and liked to make people laugh with his antics.Also showed a tremendous ability to stand up on their limbs and walk like a person.
According to his official biography, his last screen appearance was in 1967 with Rex Harrison in "Dr. Doolittle" and in 2006, the Guinness Book of Records recognized him as the world's oldest chimpanzee.That year the character was honored Chita and Calabuch award for their artistic merit in the International Film Festival of Peniscola Comedy (Spain), the only film awards throughout his career. An award that was one of the animals who played Tarzan's friend in Palm Springs (California).Chita has died in Florida, no children, was host in reserve in the 60's and was without doubt the most famous of the fifteen chimpanzees in captivity in the animal shelter that has received condolences from around the world and in different languages."Chita, I love you and I love how you made me laugh, how crazy Tarzan, you were always there for him, now you and your best friend, Tarzan, are together again. Rest in peace," wrote admirers web page of the booking.