The mystery of the missing star George solved after his death has been faked

The mystery of the chimpanzee Tonka’s whereabouts has been solved after it was initially assumed that George of the Jungle had suffered a stroke and died.

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The chimpanzee Tonka was a star of George of the Jungle but after starring in the 1997 film, there was some confusion about his whereabouts and whether he was alive or dead.

Its owner, Tonia Haddix, was told the chimpanzee had died after suffering a stroke and then a heart attack when a Missouri judge said the primate had been burned in a pit.

Now it turns out Tonka hasn’t died and has been kept a secret for nearly 25 years at Haddix’s home in Sunrise Beach, Missouri.

Haddix has been fighting with animal rights group PETA since 2018 when a judge ordered the chimpanzee to be handed over to the Great Monkey Conservation Center in Wauchula, Florida.

Actors Alan Cumming and Buddy the Chimpanzee


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PETA believes the animal’s death was fake and authorities searched the home last Thursday.

Tonka was found locked in a small cage, nailed to the floor, in Haddix’s basement, according to PETA.

There is also a 60 inch TV, an interactive touch device like an iPad and it is said that the chimpanzee also celebrated Saint Patrick’s Day with Haddix and a few of her close friends.

PETA said that Tonka was overweight, had no companions and was not allowed to go out.

Alan Cumming with his chimpanzee ‘friend’


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Talking to Rolling StoneHaddix admits that she lied about the chimp’s death and that he was alive and kicking her the whole time.

Haddix said: “Oh, absolutely 100%. In my house, yes.”

Speaking about whether she is worried about being held in contempt by the courts, Haddix told the media: “Honey, I’ve been held in contempt by the court three times.

“I paid 50 dollars a day [in fines]. I went through the factory. I’m sure there will be some jail time in this. Do I care? No, I don’t care. That’s because it’s about that kid. As long as that kid is safe, I don’t care what’s out there.”

PETA has said that it first sued over chimpanzee custody in 2016, when it took Connie Casey to court, who was Tonka’s original owner.

She runs the now disbanded Missouri Primate Foundation in Festus, Missour, and Haddix takes over Tonka’s care to help, with the promise that the animal will “never have to do anything it doesn’t want to do.” . again.”

PETA then added her to the lawsuit they filed against Casey.

Brendan Fraser as George of the Jungle


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After announcing that Tonka was dead, the animal rights organization received a notification last August that the chimpanzee was still alive..

After offering a $20,000 reward to anyone who can provide Tonka’s location, PETA attorney Jared Goodman said in a statement: “After months of searching, Tonka has finally been found and assistance has been found. is in progress.

“He has endured nearly a year of isolation and is likely in need of urgent care, but if all goes well, PETA will soon arrange for him to be moved to a lush sanctuary where he will be at last. with him will have a real chance to live.”

Despite the court order, Haddix stated that Tonka would be in danger of her life if arrested by PETA.

In the transcript of a phone call she obtained, who turned out to be a member of a documentary team commissioned by an animal rights organization, Haddix said that Tonka would not have survived being transported to a sanctuary. exist.

She said: “Tonka can’t stand it. If anyone knows Tonka, Tonka is no ordinary chimpanzee.

“He’s a human chimpanzee because he was raised for the movies and he might be less concerned with other chimpanzees.

“It doesn’t act like another chimpanzee, it loves people.”

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Haddix then added: “I’m not going to do this and that’s okay because if they want it on them, for each of them.

“At this point, I don’t even really care, except that I want Tonka to be okay. That’s all I care about.

“And they’re going to kill him, and I’ve warned all the federal governors.

“If anything happens to that kid, I feel sorry for them, because they’re going to be sued year after year.”

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