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A Celebration of Life

 

One of my favorite and best neighbors passed away June 2 of this year.  His name was Otto, and he was 42.  When my family moved to the neighborhood in 1977, Otto had been here for about ten years.  He was a well-known actor, an artist, and friend to many.

Otto

 

Otto was a gorilla, and he lived at what was once known as "The Chimp Farm", now the Suncoast Primate Sanctuary, a private, non-profit Foundation run completely by volunteers and private donations.  Best known outside of his home from his ads for American Tourister luggage, within the sanctuary he was undoubtedly the star. American Tourister Ad

 

A celebration of his life is planned on July 11, 2007 at 9 AM at the sanctuary, 4600 Alternate US 19, Palm Harbor.  For more information, see LINK.

 

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Comment balloon 6 commentsLoretta Buckner • June 25 2007 09:19PM

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Great story!  Otto is in gorilla heaven. 

Funny I got banana... but maybe gorillas and monkeys only eat bananas in movies.

Posted by Maureen McCabe, Columbus Ohio Real Estate (HER Realtors) almost 13 years ago
Loretta - wow what a famous neighbor - I didn't even know - enjoyed the post 
Posted by Cyndee Haydon, 727-710-8035 Clearwater, Beach Short Sales Luxury Condos &Homes (Charles Rutenberg Realty) almost 13 years ago
I only found out he'd died when I went in to research posting on Suncoast Primate Sanctuary--one of my favorite local places I wanted to call attention to...how sad...  :-(
Posted by Loretta Buckner, Your GREEN Real Estate Consultant For Life! (Real World Properties, Inc.| Your Real Estate Consultant for Life) almost 13 years ago

Hey Loretta- thats kind of sad to hear about Otto dying.  I read the article that you linked and the people that run the Primate Sanctuary seem very loving.

Posted by Scott Hoag, Preferred Lender / Mortgage Company (FBC Mortgage) almost 13 years ago
It is sad, until you realize that he was actually pretty old!  at 42, and with only one functioning lung for most of his life, he did pretty well on the gorilla scale (which is 50 max in captivity)!
Posted by Loretta Buckner, Your GREEN Real Estate Consultant For Life! (Real World Properties, Inc.| Your Real Estate Consultant for Life) almost 13 years ago
I am sorry to hear about your loss.  Many sympathies...
Posted by Leah Ross, Tampa, Florida Mortgage (Your Tampa Bay Mortgage Source) almost 13 years ago

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