A zookeeper feeds Siam in 1945. Siam was the only elephant who survived the bombings in 1943.
|† Siam||ID Number:|
|Species:||Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)|
|Sex and age:||Male ♂ 26 years old|
|Dead date:||† 1947|
|Death reason:||disease: enteritis|
|Arrived||Berlin Zoo 1933-00-00 from Circus Krone|
Circus Krone 1924-00-00
|Document updated||2009-03-07: death reason|
2013-04-16: book, text
|Enteritis means inflammation of the intestines.|
Siam, together with 9o other animals (out of 3,715) survived the second world war, and the bombings of Berlin Zoo.
Interestingly, most World War II "trivia" sites inaccurately repeat the myth that "The first Allied bombs to fall on Berlin killed the zoo's only elephant." The truth is that the Berlin zoo never had only one elephant, and the bombs that fell on the city in 1944 killed seven of the zoo's elephants, leaving Siam the sole surviving pachyderm. Somehow, this has been distorted over time and the myth has been turned into "amusing" trivia for war buffs.
Curtis Christopher Comer
Curtis Christopher Comer has written a book called "The Elephant Gate: the Story of Siam, the Last Elephant in Berlin"
Article about Siam and the other animals that survived the war in October 15, 1945 article in Life magazine, entitled "Berlin's Last Elephant," (page 42).
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