Whitney Houston's monkey present from Michael Jackson
Whitney Houston's closest friends were shocked when Michael Jackson gave her a monkey for her 26th birthday.
The late star's pal Bebe Winans, who sung at the I Will Always Love You hitmaker's funeral in February, has recalled his surprise at the King of Pop's gift in an interview with British newspaper The Sun.
He reveals Houston decided against keeping the unusual pet and had it taken to a zoo.
Winans says, "I think we were all shocked when Michael gave Whitney a monkey for her birthday. I've been at various people's birthdays and that is still the only gift that will baffle me for the rest of my life. I was like, 'Really?' A cat, a dog, maybe I could understand - but not a monkey. I wouldn't have believed it - but I saw it. Whitney had it taken to the zoo straight after."