Claim of octogenarian chimp prompts questions

Several chimpanzees appeared in various Tarzan movies, many of which were popular in the 1930s and 1940s.

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  • A Florida primate sanctuary maintains Cheetah was 80-plus
  • Primatologists say they are skeptical about the claim
  • Primatologists say chimps in captivity can live up to age 60
  • Cheetah acted in Tarzan movies in the 1930s, a sanctuary official says
A Florida primate sanctuary on Thursday maintained its chimpanzee named Cheetah, who died last week, was more than 80 years old and acted in the Tarzan movies during the 1930s, amid doubts about his age.
Cheetah died Saturday after suffering kidney failure the week before, the sanctuary said o