Daisy at Belfast Zoo (Bellevue Gardens)

† Daisy
ID Number:
Species: Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀, unknown maybe about years old (estimated age)
Dead date: 1935?
Death reason: unknown:
Location:Belfast Zoo (Bellevue Gardens)
ArrivedBelfast Zoo (Bellevue Gardens) 1934-03-27
from Chapmans London Zoo Circus
Chapmans London Zoo Circus
from George B. Chapman
Born: wild
Document updated2011-10-07: arrival date, death
2011-10-08: previous locations, text, sources
Records about Daisy from Peter Stolk, Netherlands
Also Daisy, http://www.elephant.se/database2.php?elephant_id=816, arrived from Chapman's Circus, as an adult, March 27 1934.
Due to return to England in 1935 but refused to board the ship. Died in Belfast 1935 or 1936.

Information from Belfast Zoo website

When Daisy arrived on the Heysham steamer on 27 March 1934 (the day before the zoo officially opened), she walked six miles from the docks to her new home.

Source: http://www.belfastzoo.co.uk/ZooHome/NewsAndEvents/Birthday/HistoricalPhotoGallery.aspx

Before moving to the zoo, Daisy starred on the silver screen in a feature film called Red Wagon, which was released in 1933.

Source: http://www.belfastzoo.co.uk/ZooHome/NewsAndEvents/Birthday

When Sheila the elephant arrived at the zoo in late 1935, the zoo decided to move Daisy to Whipsnade Zoo in London.

After calmly walking back to the docks where she first arrived in Belfast, the elephant began to get agitated, before eventually breaking free to start the long walk back to Bellevue.

The keepers had no option but to follow Daisy, but they had a difficult time keeping pace with her (elephants can run up to 25 miles per hour).

One theory is that Daisy suffered a very rough crossing from Heysham in 1934 and, as the old saying goes, "elephants never forget", so perhaps she didn't want to repeat the experience!

Daisy returned to the zoo, where she lived out her days with Sheila.

She died a few years later, some time between late 1935 and early 1936.

/DaisyTheElephant.aspx and Belfast's Mountain Playground - Thing You Didn't Know or Had Forgotten by Stewart McFetridge.

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