Behind the scenes of a cowboy monkey rodeo

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Aberdeen IronBirds fans attending Thursday night’s game against the Batavia Muckdogs got a special treat during and after the game: a performance by Tim “Wild Thang” Lepard, and his team of sheep-herding, Border Collie-riding Capuchin monkeys.

Lepard’s show included one of his monkeys “throwing” the first pitch of the game, teaser performances during the third and after the fifth innings and a longer performance at the end of the game. A group of sheep were released from a pen and the monkeys, riding their respective Border Collies, rounded them up.


Mr. Lepard allowed me to come inside his trailer for a behind-the-scenes look into how he and his animals prep for performances.