Prince (Tommy) at Dublin Zoo
|† Prince (Tommy)||ID Number:||EEP Number: 671 -|
|Sex and age:||Male, unknown years|
|Dead date:||† 1882|
|Arrived||Dublin Zoo from Sandringham Zoo|
Sandringham Zoo 1871-08-25
from London Zoo
London Zoo 1871-06-03
from Duke Alfred of Edinburgh
Duke Alfred of Edinburgh 1871-00-00
from Jang Bahadur
|Document updated||2012-05-27: eep nr|
Tom was a gift from Jang Bahadur of Nepal to Alfred, Duke of Edinbourgh, in March 1871, and was shipped out of Calcutta on the ship H.M.S. Galatea, where the duke was commander. The first week, Tom was cared for by his Indian mahout, who left the ship in Madras, later by a corproral of the marine artillery, Mr. William Paton.
On arrival in Plymouth, William Paton was assisted by two gentlemen from London Zoo, C. Bartlett and Mr Smart.
Paton managed to get the elephant onboard the train, but after the train reached full speed, Tom pannicked and crushed the wall between him and his keeper. When trying to keep him back, Paton was crushed against a wall, and died later, before the train arrived in London.
Tom was later brought to Dublin Zoo, where his owner, the Duke of Edinburgh also came to visit him.
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