Friday, February 17, 2012

Herman Weedon--Frank Bostock's Head Animal Trainer

When building a "mixed act", and this act pictured is indeed "mixed", an attempt is normally made to place the animal's every other species wise, which is often difficult as I am finding with placing the tigers every other color for the lay down sit up. The difficulty arises when animals who are compatible are more comfortable being near each other, and you as a trainer are asking them to go by another animal, who they may not be so comfortable with. Letting animals who are compatible go together is relatively easy. Teaching compatible animals to go away from each other takes a great skill, as I am sure Jim Clubb, who has built probably more "mixed acts" then any one living today will attest. I find this photo interesting in that the animals on the left are indeed "mixed" while the animals on the right technically aren't, with the exception of bear species, and the hyena is placed away from the other animals, but seems to be really eye balling
what looks like a Himalayan bear. I'm thinking he may have been a real trouble maker if he had been placed closer to the bears on the pyramid.

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