TINDINK’S CIRCUS DAYS
Tindinks time with Rudolph were probably the most spectacular of her Circus career. He was too heavy for a normal High Wire act so a length of railway track was slung near the High Wire and they did their act on that. Note the sharp pointed cone over which Tindink did her elegant acrobatics.
Rudolph got his name from his first Christmas with the circus when they painted his horn red and called him Rudolph the Rednosed Rhino . This affected Rudolph badly and gave him an obsession about red. He would pursue red painted vehicles and several times Tindink was dragged along behind when when a Royal Mail van passed them while she was taking him for a walk. She had to give walks up in the end. Fire engines particularly incensed him and firemen found themselves fighting off an enraged rhino rather than the fire they were attending. He had to go and Tindink managed to swap him for an elephant from an African wildlife park. Spectacular while it lasted. Intrepid hardly does Tindink justice, Heroic is nearer the mark. No wonder she regards being fired from the cannon as a relaxation.