While we’re all familiar with the standard selection of movie stars, musicians, and athletes that populate the ranks of human celebrities, the world of famous animals is often more interesting. Like humans, animal celebrities rise to fame as a result of luck, talent, or some combination of both. More often than not, though, what sets famous animals apart, is that they usually arrive at success in stranger ways. From actors and artists to animal intellectuals, click through to check out some of the most intriguing animal celebrities around.
1. Congo the Painting Chimp.
Critics of abstract art often claim that even children can paint that way; this artistic primate proved that a chimpanzee can, too! Born in 1954, Congo was a resident of the London Zoo, and began creating art when celebrity zoologist (and a painter himself) Desmond Morris handed him a pencil. He soon moved on to painting, and produced hundreds of pieces by the age of four. He had his work shown in galleries and even sold at auctions. One of his most famous human fans? None other than artistic genius Pablo Picasso, who reportedly hung one on the wall of his studio.
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