Dolly at Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus

† Dolly
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Species: Asian elephant
Sex and age:Female, unknown years
Dead date: 1950-03-29
Death reason: anesthesia: shot
Location:Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus
ArrivedRingling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus 1939-00-00
from Al G. Barnes Circus
Al G. Barnes Circus 1933-00-00
from Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus
Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus 1923-11-10
from Carl Hagenbecks Tierpark (Stellingen)
Carl Hagenbecks Tierpark (Stellingen)
from Firma Carl Hagenbeck
Born: wild
Document updated2010-09-23: mankiller

At the Sarasota, Florida winter quarters of Ringling Brothers, Barnum & Bailey Circus, Dolly snatched Edwin Rogers Schooley from the side of his horrified parents and crushed his head with one of her ponderous feet. Three days later Dolly was led into a pit, [...] where the 27-year-old elephant was given a huge dose of cyanide.

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While in Sarasota the winter of 1949-50 while people were visiting the elephant area, a small child wandered under the guard rail and startled "Dolly" who was dozing, she then kicked out fatally injuring the child. As the result of public outcry, she was shot 3/29/50
Williams Buckles Woodcock

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