Hagenback, Lion Trainer
November 29, 2009 in Wiggle Animations
Karl Hagenbach of the Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus (Peru, Indiana). Hagenbach was a pioneer in big animal training. Traditionally they were trained out of fear and whipped. Hagenbach used reward based training. In 1913, the circus lost 8 elephants, 21 lions and tigers and 8 performing horses in the Wabash River flood. In June of 1918, one of the worst circus wrecks in history, 86 people died and 127 were injured when a sleeping locomotive operator crashed into the Hagenback-Wallace train. Using the catch phrase “the show must go on”, Ringling Bros. and several other circus outfits lent the troops equipment and as a result only two events were canceled.