“Captain Jiggs smokes a cigarette after getting a haircut” is the note scrawled on the back of this photo inside the archive of American Museum of Natural History. The Captain belonged to a woman named Gertrude Lintz who used to drive her pet chimps and gorillas around New York City in the passenger seat of her car and dressed them like little hairy humans throughout the 1920s and 30s.
She wasn’t alone. Orangs can become addicted to nicotine just like us.
(Next week: animals and alcohol)