Mike at Ringling Brothers Circus

† Mike
ID Number:
Species: African Bush elephant (Loxodonta africana)
Sex and age:Male ♂, unknown maybe about years old (estimated age)
Dead date: 1907-12-19
Death reason: accident: burned to death
Location:Ringling Brothers Circus
ArrivedRingling Brothers Circus 1907-00-00
from Forepaugh-Sells Show
Forepaugh-Sells Show 1896-00-00
from Sells Brothers Circus
Sells Brothers Circus 1878-00-00
Born: wild
Document updated2012-04-11: 
1878: arrives in US

1907: Upon arrival in Bridgeport a fire in the bull car took the life of the big African male "Mike".William Buckles Woodcock

Contradictory records:
According to EEG and Robert Cline the fire was in the winter quarters

Records about Mike from Bob Cline
MIKE 1878 - arrives in US
Male African 1878 to 1896 - Sells Bros. Circus
1896 to 1907 - Adam Forepaugh and Sells Bros. Circus
Died - Dec. 19, 1907 in Barnum & Bailey's winter quarters fire ( see White Tops, June 1931, page 6 )

Sources, among others

  • White Tops, June 1931, page 6
  • http://bucklesw.blogspot.com/2007/12/1908-barnum-bailey-program-5_31.html#comment-c6186123854218006070
  • Page 20, 50, Elefanten in Zoo und Circus, Dokumentation 2 Nordamerika, 1997, by European Elephant Group: Haufellner, Schilfarth, Schweiger
  • Bob Cline, Cheraw, South Carolina, United States.

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