November 1984: Cheeta, a chimp owned by animal trainer Tony Gentry, enjoys an occasional cigar and his daily can of beer. Newbury Park resident Tony Gentry claimed he got the baby Chetta in 1936. The claim was false. While Gentry had trained chimpanzees for 1930s Tarzan movies, this Cheeta appeared to have been born in the 1960s. In 1991, Gentry gave Cheeta to a Palm Springs relative, Don Westfall. Cheeta also named Jiggs IV.
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