Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at
Capell Brothers Circus in United States

dead elephant ☨ ♀ Trixie  dead elephant



Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀

People killed:1: Wardrobe lady Gertie on Dailey Bros. Circus
Born:* wild
Birth place: in Asia unspecified location
Dead: 1959-01-00
Death location: Capell Brothers Circus
Death reason: :
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Capell Brothers Circus, in United States

Date of arrival

1959-00-00Capell Brothers Circus
from Mesa attraction

1958-00-00Mesa attraction
from Asia unspecified location

1951-00-00Asia unspecified location
from Dailey Bros. Circus

1948-00-00Dailey Bros. Circus
from Wallace Brothers

1943-00-00Wallace Brothers
from Charles Weir's elephant act

Record history
History of updates2021-09-14

Latest document update2021-09-14 07:35:42
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† Trixie is a dead Female ♀ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), , who died 1959-01-00 at Capell Brothers Circus, in United States, .


Trixie was born wild at Asia unspecified location.

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Records about Trixie from Bob Cline

Female Asian 1924 to 1941 - Charles Weir's Elephant Act
1942 to 1947 - Wallace Bros. Circus
1948 to 1950 - Dailey Bros. Circus
1951 to 1952 - Capell Bros. Circus
1958 - at a Mesa, AZ attraction
1959 - Capell Bros. Circus
Died Jan. 1959
Bob Cline, author of the book "Americas elephants".

Records about Trixie from William "Buckles" Woodcocks Blog at
I had seen Luna & Cutie kill the wardrobe lady in the first year I was on Dailey Bros. Circus.
Cutie was not a killer. Luna wasn't either.

Luna was blind in one eye, if you walked up to her on her blind side she would swing around toward you, for it scared her. (the wardrobe lady was Donna McMahon's great aunt I think. Gertie was her name.) The elephants were chained just outside the ladies dressing room, on the back side. Because it was a small lot. Gertie came in to the dressing room to plug in her lights, and she turned and went out the wrong way, walking right into Luna's blind side. When Luna turn fast she knocked Gertie into Cutie. Both elephants were scared. They reacted out of fear. They were not trying to be mean. But they stepped on her and knocked her back and forth between them. It was horrible to see and hear.There were only about three or four of us in the dressing room. There was supposed to be a watch man on duty at all times. He wasn't there. A clown and a groom on the horses grabbed her by the arm, and the bulls pulled her back in. By this time the bulls were scared so bad, they had lost all control.

Barbara Woodcock

William "Buckles" Woodcock
Trixie on Buckles Blog Blog articles where Trixie is mentioned on
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Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2023). Trixie, Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Capell Brothers Circus in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 30 November 2023 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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