Big Charlie (Kya Lee) at Butlins Holiday Camp Filey

Male Asian elephant Big Charlie (Kya Lee) at Butlins Holiday Camp Filey

Charlie and keeper Singh Ibrahim
† Big Charlie (Kya Lee)
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Species: Asian elephant
Sex and age:Male, unknown years
Dead date:
Death reason: euthanised:
Location:Butlins Holiday Camp Filey
ArrivedButlins Holiday Camp Filey 1957-00-00
from Butlins Holiday Camp Skegness
Butlins Holiday Camp Skegness
from Codys Circus (Harry Cody)
Codys Circus (Harry Cody) 1947-00-00
Born: wild
Document updated2010-08-19: transfer 1957
2011-11-27: text
2011-12-04: alt name
Two other elephants (one bull) transported as well, sold from a Chinese circus to an English circus. Dick Chipperfield tried to buy the bull with the intention of having it shot to prevent the trouble it was expected to cause. He was unsuccessful.(Pamela Macgregor-Morris, Chipperfield's Circus, published 1957)

Big Charlie went directly to Coady. Chipperfield's never bought him. The transaction was arranged by a Mrs. Cotrelly, the mother of Willie Cotrelly, long time acrobat with Robert Brothers and Gerry Cottel. Dick Chipperfield was completley opposed to the elephant coming to England. Charlie was already quite a large animal and he knew it wouldn't be long before he started causing trouble. A small circus in the UK could not handle or accommodate a large bull.Jamie Clubb, 2009

Also Described in the book Big Charlie, by J. H. Williams.

Charlie has a cafe/theatre bar at Mugdock Country Park named after him, see

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