Ota Benga

Ota Benga

*I’ll be the first to admit: you can’t believe everything you read. And I, for one, really hope this story below about an African man who was, at one time, kept in a place now known as the Bronx Zoo with an orangutan–for entertainment purposes–is just one of those things.

But I found it an interesting story, and not totally unbelievable based on the shameful history of this country.

So here it goes.

The man’s name was Ota Benga. He was a Congolese pygmy,  stood 4 feet 11 inches, and weighed a petite 103 lbs.  It is said that he was brought to America and was put into a cage with an orangutan at the New York Zoological Gardens—now known as the Bronx Zoo.

Read more at EURThisNthat.