The Houston Zoo opened in Hermann Park during the 1920s and obtained its first apparition only twenty years after the fact.
The brave, German-conceived lion-tamer Hans Nagel was the organization’s first animal handler. During his residency, Nagel, a media sweetheart who’s wild jokes were grain for nearby papers, would turn into a notable figure about town.
He met his inauspicious end in 1941 when he was shot and slaughtered in Hermann Park under bizarre conditions. Some state his soul actually meanders the recreation center grounds.
Nagel’s life before the zoo is something of an obscure. He was of Dutch heritage and conceived in Germany despite the fact that he supposedly answered to movement experts in 1932 that he was conceived in Tobin, Texas, as per The Houston Public Library’s documents. While abroad, Nagel prepared at the Hagenbeck Animal Company.
Nagel joined the zoo as its first animal specialist in 1922 as the City of Houston was moving its creatures from Sam Houston Park to a bigger space in Hermann Park, as per Barrie Scardino Bradley’s “Houston’s Hermann Park, A Century of Community.”
By 1925, Nagel had procured many creatures for the zoo, including the Asian elephants Nellie and Hans, the last of which he named after himself, as indicated by Barrie Scardino Bradley’s “Houston’s Hermann Park, A Century of Community.”
Nagel prepared a considerable lot of the zoo creatures in a bazaar like setting and regularly held show for zoo guests. He was likewise know to seat and ride zebras in and around the recreation center.
The varied animal specialist’s tricks stood out as truly newsworthy more than once. Allegedly, when he saw prowlers breaking into the zoo late one night, he pursued them while shooting shots into the air and capturing any further advancement they would have made into the zoo grounds, as per The Houston Public Library’s chronicles.
In 1926, the City of Houston granted Nagel for his courage after the apparently intrepid animal specialist safeguarded a guest from Houston’s then-popular Bengal tiger, El Tex. El Tex had rushed at the guest, a North Dakotan named Bert Wilson who had stupidly entered the tiger’s fenced in area while conveying a prepared rodent in his pocket, and Nagle took swift, decisive action, lethally shooting the creature and sparing Wilson’s life, as per the Texas Archive of the Moving Image.
In another demonstration of valor, Nagel once controlled basic medical aid to a science understudy from Sam Houston State College who had been extricating toxin from harmful snakes when he accidentally pricked himself with his own hypodermic needle and started showing indications, as per The Houston Public Library’s files.
Nagel’s daringness is clear in the tales that endure him, including the to some degree dinky story of his troublesome passing. Nagel kicked the bucket under inquisitive conditions in a shooting episode named a “jurisdictional contest.”
As indicated by Barrie Scardino Bradley’s “Houston’s Hermann Park, A Century of Community,” on the night of November 17, 1941, Nagel was watching the zone close to the zoo, as he was wont to do now and again, his German Luger gun holstered next to him, when he saw youngsters in a left vehicle sitting in an earth street in Hermann Park. Nagel took cover behind a support and kept watching the adolescents when cop Harold M. Warren happened upon the scene and eventually defied Nagel. Warren left his watch vehicle and inquired as to whether he needed to get back with him to the stations so the pair could examine whose business it was policing the recreation center.
At the point when Warren came to bind Nagel, the animal specialist pulled back and endeavored to take out his firearm, yet the official drew first and shot Nagel multiple times, killing him.
Accused of the shooting passing of the renowned animal specialist, the official was eventually vindicated by a fantastic jury on grounds of self-preservation.
Nagel’s anxious soul probably watches Hermann Park right up ’til today. By certain records, he regularly frequents the Houston Zoo’s store, where, throughout the long term, zoo representatives have watched peculiar marvels, including a shadowy figure and a bodiless voice.