ABE staff trained several kinds of
animals to walk tightropes. The Tightrope Walking Hen seen to the left
was the most interesting perhaps because it appears so cumbersome, but it
accomplishes its task with surprising grace. On the other hand, animals
like the coatimundi (below) appear to be in their element on the highwire.
Animals were reinforced each time
they walked the rope. To shape this behavior, the trainer could start
with having the animal walk only a short distance and increasing the
distance as needed.