Bubbles was initially kept at the Jackson family's home in Encino, Los Angeles, but was moved to Neverland Ranch in 1988. There, he slept in a crib in Jackson's bedroom, used his toilet and ate candy in the Neverland movie theater. By 2003, like many captive chimpanzees, Bubbles had matured into a large and aggressive adult chimp unsuitable as a companion animal. He was sent to a California animal trainer. When the trainer closed his operation in 2004, Bubbles was moved to the Center for Great Apes, a sanctuary in Wauchula, Florida, where he has lived since 2005.
Bubbles was born in early 1983 in an Austin, Texas research facility that bred primates for animal testing. There are conflicting reports as to how he came into Jackson's possession; many state that Jackson had him purchased when Bubbles was eight months old. The acquisition was said to have been supervised by Bob Dunn, then one of Hollywood's most famous suppliers and trainers of animals for films, photoshoots and advertisements.
Bubbles was kept at the Jackson family's Encino home until 1988 when he was moved to Jackson's newly acquired Neverland Ranch. Bubbles slept in a crib in Jackson's bedroom, ate candy in the Neverland movie theater, was fed at the dining table, wore a diaper, and used Jackson's personal toilet.
At Jackson's 2005 People v. Jackson trial, jurors learned from a videotaped interview with Jackson that his several chimpanzees would help him with housekeeping chores. "They run around, help me clean the room. They help me dust, clean the window," Jackson stated. At the same trial, Jackson's housekeepers testified that they were not impressed with the behavior of the chimpanzees that he had kept over the year. One housekeeper told of how she had to clean feces hurled at the bedroom wall. Another described a chimpanzee called Max tearing off his diaper before crawling into Jackson's bed.