Tuesday, April 11, 2017

#14 Cat Acts


4 comments:

Bob Cline said...

I don't know who the performer is but it looks like a couple tiglons in the mix.

Jim Alexander said...

Been a long time since I've seen them so not sure, however Erhart and Christiane Samel did this trick and had tiglons. At some they began doing the trick with some large Burmese pythons. Christiane would laydown with a snake or two on top of her, then the cats would cover. They were on the Blue Unit in the mid-70s. I met them when Christiane came over to the Zoo to buy some rodents for the snakes.

Jabouley Patrick said...

Right ! Christiane Samel from East German State Circus before her engagement in the States

Roger Smith said...

I very carefully studied the work of Erhardt and Christiane, and lo, was sore amazed. Their bears worked as prop hands, carrying props about the cage for the next trick, placing them precisely, and never missing a cue. The act was based on trainer's tricks, and even Charly Baumann said of them that he'd never seen animal training like theirs.