Michael Jackson‘s chimp Bubbles can‘t bear to be reminded of pop king

Michel Jackson with Bubbles (Pic: Getty)

Staff at the animal sanctuary where he now lives won’t even show him photos of Jacko in case it upsest him.

Anthropologist Dame Jane Goodall stunned fans four years ago when she claimed the chimp was physically abused and beaten when he lived with the Thriller star.

She claimed Jacko was “ticked-off” when she confronted him about it.

Her allegations were backed up by Jack Gordon, the ex-husband of Jackson’s sister La Toya, who said: “I saw Michael punch Bubbles in the face and kick him in the stomach.”

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The Jackson family has denied the claims.

Bubbles was handed over to a California trainer in 2003 when he became “too big and aggressive” for the singer to cope with. Two years later, the trainer gave Bubbles to the Centre for Great Apes in Florida, where he will turn 36 on April 30.

The chimp, who shares an enclosure with four adult females and three other males, can expect some “healthy treats” like figs, fruit and nuts…. but there will be no reminders of his old life in Neverland.

Centre co-founder Patti Ragan said staff never show him photos of Jackson in case they make him “angry or depressed.”

Bubbles can‘t bear to see any reminder of his former owner Michael Jackson (Pic: Getty)

Bubbles is said to have suffered severe abuse at the hands of Michael (Pic: Getty)

A spokesman for the Jackson family said yesterday: “We’re happy to hear Bubbles is doing well. Michael absolutely loved him and would never, ever have mistreated him.”

Meanwhile Jackson’s nephew Taj, 45, defended him against fresh accusations he abused underage boys.

He said: “I definitely never saw him do anything sinister – nothing I would ever be ashamed of.”

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