Sheila at Belfast Zoo (Bellevue Gardens)

Female ♀ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) Sheila at Belfast Zoo (Bellevue Gardens)

† Sheila
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Species: Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 30 years old
Dead date: 1963
Death reason: euthanised: unmanageable due to dermatitis and impacted teeth
Location:Belfast Zoo (Bellevue Gardens)
ArrivedBelfast Zoo (Bellevue Gardens) 1941-00-00
from Denise Austin
Denise Austin 1941-00-00
from Belfast Zoo (Bellevue Gardens)
Belfast Zoo (Bellevue Gardens) 1936-05-00
Born:1933 wild
Document updated2009-03-23:�New elephant RE
2011-04-03:�Previous locations, Text RE
2011-10-08:�death reason
2011-10-17:�corr. previous location
2011-10-17:�text, book
2013-11-04: picture
The baby elephant Sheila dodged the death list in Belfast Zoo and was re-housed by a woman who lived near the zoo and kept her in a back garden. The identity of the adoptive parent is a mystery. She was known only as "the elephant angel".
Who gave a home to elephant Sheila?, 2009-03-23

Denise Austin kept the calf, called Shiela, at her home on the Whitewell Road when Belfast was being bombed in the blitz of 1941. [...] Ms Austin died in 1997.
Baby elephant kept in Belfast backyard is inspiration for book

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