Posted by: Loren Coleman on April 18th, 2011
“LOCAL MATTERS.”; Fitchburg (MA) Fitchburg Daily Sentinel, October 22, 1895
It is reported that a gorilla has been seen in the woods by Greenville, New Ipswich and Ashby hunters. Last Saturday, boys were out shooting squirrels in the Greenfield woods. After firing, the boys were startled to see a great beast jump from the brush and disappear Into the woods. That evening, a young man who lives a short distance not of town, when near the Pleasant street cemetery, heard growling, followed by a noise in the brush. He saw something, and started for home as fast as his legs could carry him. On his arrival there he fell prostrate on the floor from fright and exhaustion.
Credit: Chuck Flood.