Alan Cumming offers $10,000 reward for information on missing Chimpanzee co-star


Tony-Award winner Alan Cumming is looking for his boyfriend.

Cumming is willing to hand over $10,000 in exchange for information on the famous chimp who starred with him in the 1997 comedy “Buddy.”

Missing for months, Tonka was last seen caged at the now defunct Missouri Primate Foundation – a chimpanzee breeding facility that rented the primates for movies and parties or sold them to private owners. .

Animal rights group PETA has teamed up with Cumming by offering its own $10,000 reward, bringing the total to $20,000 for information about the missing chimpanzee.

“During the months we filmed together, baby Tonka and I became good friends, playing and grooming and generally having fun,” Cumming said.

“It’s awful to think that he might be in a cage in a dark basement somewhere or that he has met another fate, so I appeal to anyone who knows what has become of him to come forward and claim the reward.”

Actor Alan Cumming and Buddy the chimpanzee, also known as Tonka.
Cumming pictured with Tonka in 1997.
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Actor Alan Cumming
The actor has teamed up with PETA in his search for Tonka.
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PETA initially sued the Missouri Primate Foundation over his living conditions and won permission to rescue Tonka, along with six other chimpanzees, and transfer them to a sanctuary.

When the organization arrived to enforce the court order last July, Tonka was missing and owner Tonia Haddix told authorities he was deceased, PETA said in a statement.

Alan Cumming attends the European Premiere of "My old school."
The actor starred in the 1997 comedy “Buddy” alongside Tonka.
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In January, a judge found Haddix’s testimony not to be credible, prompting PETA and Cumming to launch a search for the beloved chimpanzee, the animal rights organization added.

“If you know where Cumming’s former co-star may have been shipped, sold or hidden away, PETA wants to hear from you,” said Brittany Peet, assistant general counsel for the PETA Foundation for Law Enforcement. animals in captivity.

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