The Training of Wild Animals

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Century, 1903 - Animal training - 256 pages
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Page 159 - crowd is likely to distract them and draw their attention from the trainer, so that they lose their cues. Once thoroughly accustomed to the stage, they seem to find in it a sort of intoxication well known to a species higher in the order of nature.
Page 143 - shoulder and is patting him gently. This is another great step in advance. The lion has learned to endure the touch of the human hand; although he murmurs sulkily, he likes it, for few animals are indifferent to petting. Day by day the trainer familiarizes the lion with his presence and touch; rubbing
Page 160 - Nearly all trainers assert that animals are affected by the attitude of an audience, that they are stimulated by the applause of an enthusiastic house, and perform indifferently before a cold audience.
Page 129 - This is a great step taken, for one of the most difficult things is to get any wild animal to allow himself to be touched with the human hand.
Page 124 - deep that he barely realizes its existence— slumbers a desire for freedom and an unutterable longing for the blue sky and the free air.
Page 125 - He does not fear man; he knows his own power. He regards man, as an inferior, with an attitude of disdain and silent hauteur.
Page 125 - his training is begun. He meets it with a reserved majesty and silent indifference, as though he had a dumb realization of his wrongs.
Page 152 - Each thing done one day must be done the next day in exactly the same way; there must be no deviation from the rule.
Page 143 - is for the trainer to enter the cage again with the chair and stick. No longer militant, but somewhat timid, the animal keeps in his corner, furtively watching the trainer. Little by little, the man edges the chair over until he is within reach ; then he begins to rub the lion with his stick. Little by little he decreases the distance still more, until, finally, he has his hand on the
Page 140 - out from behind it springs a stick—the same stick of his pleasant memories, but turned to base uses now, for it flicks him smartly on the tip of his nose, just where a lion keeps all his most sensitive feelings. Again it lands, and the chances are ten to one that two blows on that tender spot are enough. Howling with

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