I was employed by RBBB circus in the summer of 1980 on the Blue Unit train crew. I’m trying to verify an entry in a journal I wrote about a female Bengal tiger that was going to be retired after the 1980 run. I’ve searched extensively on circushistory.com and google and can find nothing. Can anyone provide a name of the cat and verify that she was actually retired? Thanks, Ralph L. Barger III
I was ring 2 rigger in 1980. Tigers were presented by Karoly Donnnert. Think they were Charly Baughmans tigers. Karoly left at end of 1980. Charly returned in 1981. Besides doing cat act, he was also performance director replacing Bob Harrison, as he and Ringmaster Harold Ronk also left at end of 1980 tour.
Working on the Blue Unit, you would have been talking about the tigers in Charly Baumann’s act. Yes, there were some animals that were retired in different years. As to this one particular tiger, I contacted Gary Hill, who worked there taking care of the animals for Charly and Jewell New both to see if he has any ideas. But he had gone to Circus World by 1980 so he doesn’t know either.
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