Michael Jackson's chimp Bubbles tried committing suicide when he was told about King of Pop's death: Reports
The King of Pop adopted Bubbles in the 1980s and the chimp soon became a part of the musicians entourage appearing in many videos
It has been reported that Michael Jackson's pet chimpanzee, Bubbles, once tried to kill himself but was saved due to timely medical intervention.
The Daily Mail cited a 2003 report by the reputable Times of India stating how in the year that Jackson was formally charged for child molestation his adopted chimp attempted to commit suicide.
The Sun on the other hand reported that Bubbles, now 35 years old and residing the Center for Great Apes in Wauchula, Florida, allegedly tried to self harm after hearing of the musical legend's death in 2009 and yearned for the star after he was let go and sent to the sanctuary.
Jackson had adopted Bubbles from an animal trainer in the 1980s. Initially, Bubbles was kept in the star's home in LA and was later moved to Neverland. In his 2003 documentary, 'Living with Michael Jackson', the star revealed to journalist Martin Bashir that Bubbles had become bigger and aggressive. Concerned that it was not safe for Bubbles to be around his kids, Jackson sent him to a California animal trainer in 2003.
Though no more information is available about the alleged 2003 suicide attempt, there has been allegation that that the chimp was beaten when he was living with the star.
Top Primatologists Jane Goodall claims that Bubbles was punched in the face and kicked in the stomach when he used to live with the star.
"..when he was with Michael he was being beaten," NME reported Goodall saying, though she stopped short of claiming Jackson was himself responsible for any abuse.
Goodall also said she had "ticked off" the King of Pop for the chimp's treatment.
Talking about Bubbles trying to harm himself after Jackson's death in 2009, Patti Ragan, founder of the sanctuary that Bubbles is currently in, said he didn't do anything like that because they are yet to tell Bubbles the news of Jackson's death.
“The concept of saying, ‘He’s gone, he’s dead,’ they just don’t know that word. There’s no point in saying that to him," she revealed.
Jackson has been in the headline a lot recently after a new documentary about his sexual allegations, 'Leaving Neverland,' was screened last month during the Sundance Film Festival.