Obert at Carson and Barnes Circus

† Obert
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Species: Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Male ♂ 12 years old
Dead date: 1982-05-13
Death reason: accident: broken neck
Location:Carson and Barnes Circus
ArrivedCarson and Barnes Circus 1971-00-00
Born:1970 wild
Document updated2009-01-29: New elephant
2009-01-30: Previous locations, Death
2009-04-11: Birth, Death, Text
In May 1982 in Sallisaw Oklahoma, five Carson & Barnes elephants broke loose and ran towards a cliff. One was recovered before she made the descent, but three of the cows fell on top of Obert, whose neck was immediately broken. The survivors, Kelly, Traci and Isa, were recovered succesfully.

Isa, Lilly, Alta, Viola, and Margaret were babies about mid chest high when I took them to Mexico City in 1975 for Atayde Bros Circus. A few months prior to this I had picked up 3 other baby elephants Obert (who became their breeding bull) Kelly, and Tracey and presented them on Clyde Bros Circus for a short time. This was in the mid 70's when Carson and Barnes had 47 baby elephants (and 3 adults and a young African named Paula) on their show all between the ages of 3 and 6. In order to tell them apart as there were so many, they stenciled their names on their foreheads with white spray paint. 3 long picket lines of baby elephants. A sight which will never be seen again.
Carson and Barnes Elephants, The Circus No-Spin Zone, 01/28/2009

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