In the 1930s, LI family raised pet chimp

In the 1930s, LI family raised pet chimp

There are 6 comments on the Newsday story from Feb 18, 2009, titled In the 1930s, LI family raised pet chimp. In it, Newsday reports that:

The idea of raising a primate as part of a human family had its origins on Long Island .

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Nick

Jackson, NJ

#1 Feb 18, 2009
I live in the Raven's old home. We have home movies of Meshie being part of the family as well as articles published by Mr. Raven regarding his pet. Older neighbors have told me about the times Meshie got out and in the trees and the neighborhood children used to chase him down.
lulu bell

Greenwich, CT

#2 Feb 18, 2009
first off i feel so sorry for the injured lady as she certainly was innocent but the owner should be severely punished for allowing the chimp to get access to this woman. and i feel very badly that they had to kill the animal who can;t be held accountable - he is a wild animal and had no right being raised in a home setting like a child. when are HUMANS going to get a damned clue? they are just selfish keeping this poor animal all these years for their own lousy gratification.
Dave

United States

#3 Feb 18, 2009
Does nobody remember one of Freeport's most famous residents? Zippy the chimp lived on Guy Lomdardo Blvd.(S. Grove St.) across from Randall Park. It would not be unusual to find Zippy in the park playing with other children, roller skating on the side walks of Grove St. or going shopping in the arms of his owners at Bob's lunchonette. I first met Zippy at Jones Beach in the '50's where he was doing a meet and greet while painting. He was a fine ambassador for the village.
Separated at Birth

Coram, NY

#4 Feb 18, 2009
Hmmmmmm. Did she have a brother? Just how old is Al Sharpton?
On Long Island

Mesquite, NV

#5 Feb 18, 2009
THis is where he developed his KILLER
Act ! It hard to be a Minority on Long Island !
Kate

Farmingdale, NY

#6 Jul 14, 2014
Just saw this post. One if those kids was me!!!! Also my siblings and out neighbors. One of my most memorable childhood memories!!
Dave wrote:
Does nobody remember one of Freeport's most famous residents? Zippy the chimp lived on Guy Lomdardo Blvd.(S. Grove St.) across from Randall Park. It would not be unusual to find Zippy in the park playing with other children, roller skating on the side walks of Grove St. or going shopping in the arms of his owners at Bob's lunchonette. I first met Zippy at Jones Beach in the '50's where he was doing a meet and greet while painting. He was a fine ambassador for the village.

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