Over the years, New Jersey has been home to quite a few famous animals — Elsie the Cow, MGM’s Leo the Lion, Tarzan’s original Cheetah the Chimp and Petey the Dog from the Our Gang series.
But the most famous animals in New Jersey were and are those that become a part of our lives.
They’re pets, ranging from dogs, cats, rabbits and horses to more exotic species like snakes, toucans and insects. And they’re animals that were and are part of the Garden State’s agricultural history – draft horses, sheep, cattle, chickens and even bees.
I’ve heard a lot of quotes, statements and opinions about animals over the years, but the one that sums them up best, at least for me, came from scientist Irene Pepperberg, who has performed extensive studies on animal cognition: “Clearly, animals know more than we think, and think a great deal more than we know.”
Here’s a vintage photo gallery of pets and animals from New Jersey, as well as links to other galleries you may enjoy.