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Michael Jackson's Pets

Michael jackson & Bubbles The Chimp

Animals played an important role in Michael Jackson's life. One of his earliest hits was a song called Ben, which was actually a tribute to his pet rat.


Rats were just some of the animals Michael Jackson cared for. He also owned dogs and reptiles as a young boy. In fact, his 1986 line of stuffed toys called Michael's Pets reflected just some of his pets – frogs, rabbits, snakes, ostriches, giraffes, llamas and, of course, Bubbles the chimp.


Chimp Chum

Michael Jackson rescued Bubbles from a Texas cancer research clinic in 1985 when the chimpanzee was three years old. Bubbles slept in a crib in MJ’s bedroom and was the only one – human or animal – slowed to use Michael’s private bathroom.


Bubbles learned how to dance and moonwalk and was there for many award ceremonies and events. But when Michael Jackson's son Prince Michael II was born, Bubbles became aggressive and was moved to an animal sanctuary.


A Tangled Web

Michael Jackson also loved spiders. During one of his trials in 2002 the King Of Pop limped in, saying he’d been bitten by one of his tarantulas. His enormous ranch, Neverland, was home to many rare spiders in elaborate enclosures, as well.


PETA VS MJ

Neverland also included a private zoo, which once held an elephant, a lion and other exotic animals. In 2006 People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals filed a complaint claiming the animals were being mistreated. But when the zoo was inspected no evidence of abuse or neglect was found.


Cancelled Concerts

For his upcoming comeback concerts, it’s rumored that Michael Jackson was planning to make his entrance with exotic animals like an African elephant with panthers led on gold chains. Parrots and other birds would fly behind him.


Animal Lover

Over the years Michael Jackson reached out to animals for their unconditional love and non-judgmental friendship. It seems some of his deepest and best friendships were with the many animals with which he shared his life.


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    pricetag

    pricetag wrote:

    what happened to the monkey?
    commented: Fri Aug 09, 2013

    hugebear

    hugebear wrote:

    I didnt know he had the pet spiders but I did know about Bubbles his monkey
    commented: Wed Aug 07, 2013

    JennyD

    JennyD wrote:

    a lot of pets iz there an article for his kids
    commented: Tue Aug 06, 2013

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