Elvis loved animals. One of the funniest pets he had was a pet male monkey called Scatter. He became a regular member of the entourage. Elvis had Lamar, Marty, and Alan, all members of his entourage transport Scatter from Memphis to Los Angeles in a cage in back of a Chrysler station wagon. They all checked into a motel room in Flagstaff, Arizona where Scatter entertained himself swinging on the window drapes and pulled the drapes down, then took a bathroom break on them. Scatter proceeded to fling his mess all over the room. The guys locked him in and went to the restaurant to eat to try and come up with a way to explain the situation to motel management when out the window they saw the maid knocking on their room door. The guys rushed out of the restaurant to stop her from entering the room, but they got there too late. As they arrived at the room, the maid ran out of the room screaming with Scatter riding her piggyback, his legs wrapped around her waist and his hands covering her face!
The guys finally managed to separate them, but then Scatter escaped and ran up a drainpipe to the roof of the motel. There he stood looking like a pint-sized King Kong, thumping his chest and obviously really enjoying the entire situation. The guys decided it was time to just get out of there and really quick. Fortunately they had paid for the room in advance, so while Alan jumped in the car, turned it around, Lamar rolled down the back window of the station wagon, Marty ran into the office and threw the keys on the front desk. They slowly headed toward the exit, Scatter thought he was being left behind, quickly came down from the roof and jumped into the back of the car.
Elvis liked to bring Scatter to his movie sets, but this ended rather quickly the day Scatter escaped from Elvisâ€™s locked dressing room at Samuel Goldwyn Studios. A security guard found them and asked if anyone owned a chimpanzee. Alan assured him Scatter was locked up in Elvisâ€™s dressing room. The guard told them, no, I think your Scatter is sitting at Mr. Goldwynâ€™s desk right at this moment. Sure enough when they got to Mr. Goldwynâ€™s office, they found the office trashed with papers, mementos, and pictures thrown everywhere and Scatter sitting in Mr. Goldwynâ€™s chair. Consequently, Goldwyn had Scatter banned from the studio.
Life was not much better at home with the guys, Elvis and Scatter. Scatter tore out the phone lines at the house on Bellagio Road. It took repairmen days to restore service. Scatter ripped a hole in the recreation room movie screen by swinging on the drapes in front of it. Worse than all this was when Scatter bit Jimmy, the butler, a butler Elvis really liked. Then is when Elvis had a man-to-monkey talk according to Sonny, Elvis said: â€œYou coconut-headed little bastard, youâ€™d better get downstairs to your cage,â€â€And youâ€™d better not ever bite anybody anymore, or Iâ€™m going to ship your ass back to the jungle, and the only thing youâ€™ll ever bite is a ripe banana.â€ Amazing, but Scatter got the message loud and clear as he bounced his way to his cage beneath the stairs and even closed the door behind him. Elvis fell on the floor laughing.
Scatter had many interesting and entertaining ways that if nothing else was going on everyone could always get a kick out of Scatterâ€™s antics. One of his favorite tricks was to hide in the bathroom when one of Elvisâ€™s female guests entered to use the facilities, which always created an ear-splitting scream from the female guests. Scatter also enjoyed lifting up femaleâ€™s skirts to peek under. Scatter loved beer and he liked whiskey just as much.
The neighbors did not like Elvisâ€™s pet monkey. Once Scatter chased a Japanese gardener, who jumped into the swimming pool to get away. This little trick marked the end of Scatterâ€™s stay in California as well as knocked him out of Elvisâ€™s personal entourage. Elvis shipped Scatter back to Graceland where he spent the rest of his life in a climate-controlled building built especially for him. Scatter was not a real happy camper even at Graceland. He regularly bit the maid who brought him food and even once ripped the wig off her head. He died of natural causes, which did not cause great mourning among the staff at Graceland.
Source: Elvis, Still Taking Care of Business, by Sonny West
Written by: Connie Limon, visit my website a fanâ€™s journey through the past of Elvis Presley at http://smalldogs2.com/ElvisPresleyGraceland