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July 20, 2000 | LAURIE K. SCHENDEN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Picture Julia Roberts or Gwyneth Paltrow on the big screen, bossing around seven quarter-ton Bengal tigers in a circus ring. Typical Hollywood casting, right? Great for box office, but tiger tamers just don't look like that. Look again. Just as the real-life Erin Brockovich proved that Hollywood doesn't always have to make this stuff up, the lanky blond, blue-eyed Sara Houcke has strutted her way into the spotlight during her first seven months as the tiger trainer for the Ringling Bros.
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July 20, 2000 | LAURIE K. SCHENDEN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Picture Julia Roberts or Gwyneth Paltrow on the big screen, bossing around seven quarter-ton Bengal tigers in a circus ring. Typical Hollywood casting, right? Great for box office, but tiger tamers just don't look like that. Look again. Just as the real-life Erin Brockovich proved that Hollywood doesn't always have to make this stuff up, the lanky blond, blue-eyed Sara Houcke has strutted her way into the spotlight during her first seven months as the tiger trainer for the Ringling Bros.
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July 19, 2000
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus trainer Sara Houcke has been dubbed the "horse whisperer of tiger tamers" for her tender approach.
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July 18, 2002 | LIBBY SLATE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
If you think it's tough being a horse whisperer, consider Sara Houcke's job. She talks to tigers. The seventh-generation circus performer, billed as Sara the Tiger Whisperer, is a star of the 132nd edition of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, which opened Wednesday at the Los Angeles Sports Arena and moves to the Anaheim Pond next week. Houcke, born in Torquay, England, is just one of Ringling's featured artists who is trying to break through conventional notions of circus performances.
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