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Old 2006-08-15, 08:03 PM   #16
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I saw a chimpanzee ride a unicycle (giraffe) at the Detroit Zoo in the 1970s. It's apparently been done in many times/places based on the apparent age of that old film. Also the son of unicycling-great Mel Hall was an orangutan trainer and taught one or more of them to ride, probably in the 70s as well. There's a picture in an old issue of On One Wheel.

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There is a clip somewhere esle of monkey (yes, monkeys not chimps) riding little bicycles around a ring, but right in the middle is a trainer with a whip. Ewwwww!
In most cases, in shows the whip is either there for looks, or for sound. In many circus acts you'll see this. The sound of a cracking whip carries really far, so it kind of lights things up. But the animals don't respond to the cracks, those are for "show." Often in horse acts there is a second device the trainer uses, which basically taps on the animals to direct them, or is used in front of them as a lead.

I can't picture using a whip to "train" anyone into a skill like unicycling, I just don't think it would be effective. Though we did see a dog "trainer" beat on some dogs at a French castle we were touring last week. They had a kennel of hunting dogs, which appeared to be threatening one of the older dogs in there. Their "handler," let's call him, first yelled at them and then they were quiet for a few minutes, but then they started threatening the one dog again. He went in there, singled out one of the leaders and gave him a bunch of whacks on the back with a big wooden handle he was carrying. An Italian guy with a video camera went "Hey-hey-HEY!" Then there was this little conversation where the (French) dog handler apparently tried to tell the guy he couldn't video, and the Italian guy said something probably to the effect of "I'm bigger than you and I don't need a piece of wood." Shocking.
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Old 2006-08-15, 11:28 PM   #17
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Not wishing to dis the monkey's mad skillz, but I'm thinking maybe the film has been reversed and the monkey is just unicycling forwards normally.

*edit* Do young people still say 'dis'?
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Old 2006-08-15, 11:34 PM   #18
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Old 2006-08-15, 11:55 PM   #19
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looks like he unicycles in spite of christ
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Old 2006-08-15, 11:56 PM   #20
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Not wishing to dis the monkey's mad skillz, but I'm thinking maybe the film has been reversed and the monkey is just unicycling forwards normally.

*edit* Do young people still say 'dis'?

he keeps making shoulder checks, i think he's going backwards
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Old 2006-08-15, 11:57 PM   #21
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That monkey is seriously a better rider than me. That is sad.
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Old 2006-08-16, 10:41 AM   #22
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When I can ride as well as that chimpanzee I'll be happy. I wonder if it freemounts straight into backward riding.
It really should be wearing a helmet and wrist guards though
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Old 2006-08-16, 12:04 PM   #23
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Not wishing to dis the monkey's mad skillz, but I'm thinking maybe the film has been reversed and the monkey is just unicycling forwards normally.

*edit* Do young people still say 'dis'?
I thought the same thing when I watched it the first time. Hmmm... Either way, forward or backwards, it's still damn impressive though....
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Old 2006-08-16, 07:27 PM   #25
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looks like he unicycles in spite of christ
That joke has some serious amusement factor. I'm mad at myself that I didn't come up with it. And nobody even gave you props for it, what a sad world we live in.


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