Nancy at Brookfield Zoo

† Nancy
ID Number:   SSP Number: 449 - 
Species: Asian elephant
Sex and age:Female 31 years
Dead date: 1951-01-19
Death reason: accident: hanged by her chain in the dry moat
Location:Brookfield Zoo
ArrivedBrookfield Zoo 1933-11-10
from Lakewood Farm (George Getz)
Lakewood Farm (George Getz) 1922-00-00
from
Born:1920 wild Sri Lanka
Capture: 1920
Document updated2010-01-14: New elephant
2011-11-25: death reason
2012-02-10: changed exporter
"Among her credits, Nancy “trumpeted” for an early “talkie” film. In 1940, guests were agog when the zoo announced her pregnancy. That August, reportedly 40,000 people showed up for Nancy’s “baby shower” for which a tent manufacturer, a baker, and the National Dairy Council had donated, respectively, a huge bed jacket, an enormous birthday cake, and a 400-gallon nursing bottle. Later, officials announced sheepishly that Nancy wasn’t pregnant, merely gaining weight."

Nancy was donated to the Brookfield Zoo in 1933, along with the remainder of the animal collection from the closing Lakewood Farm Zoo in Holland, Michigan, owned by George Getz.

"Nancy was found dangling in a moat, hanged by her chain"...George Lewis in Elephant Tramp..(I loved Rogues p.90)

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