Young Ted Lewin often dreamed of traveling to foreign lands to see his favorite animals in their natural habitats. Because his family kept a succession of exotic animals as pets, Lewin had plenty of experience in handling and drawing animals. He spent many hours sketching the chimpanzee, iguana, rhesus monkey, and lion the family kept as pets.
After reading the series of Tarzan books by Edgar Rice Burroughs, Lewin’s childhood play included imagining himself as the jungle hero. As he rode on his bicycle with Cheeta the monkey holding onto his neck, he must have envisioned himself as Tarzan swinging on the vines. Tarzan’s climbing ability would have come in handy when the monkey
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