His mother thought he was a monster, when a German entertainer discovered him at age 4, his mother sent him to perform.
Barnum trained Stratton to sing, dance , mime, and impersonate famous people, and put him in his exhibit as 11-year-old General Tom Thumb.
Sometimes he would hang on by his teeth while he set traps for birds with his hands.
It didn't matter if they were dwarfs, giants, ugly, amazingly obese, had three legs, no arms or legs; the public would pay money to stare at them and gaze in awe.
Coney Island had animal freak shows, too.
because of their unusual and primitive appearance.