Madame Abdella
Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at
Wombwells Menagerie No.1 in United Kingdom

dead elephant ☨ ♀ Madame Abdella  dead elephant



Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Subspecies: Elephas maximus indicus
Sex and age:Female ♀
Born:* wild
Birth place: in Myanmar unspecified location
Dead: 1898
Death location: Wombwells Menagerie No.1
Death reason: food related:
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Present / last location:Wombwells Menagerie No.1, in United Kingdom

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Wombwells Menagerie No.1
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History of updates2021-07-08

Latest document update2021-07-13 16:34:40
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† Madame Abdella is a dead Female ♀ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), , who died 1898 at Wombwells Menagerie No.1, in United Kingdom, .


Madame Abdella was born wild at Myanmar unspecified location.

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Contradictory records:

One source claim that she died in Hanley after eating a jew tree in september 1898. (Middlemiss, zoo on wheels, 53 plate 76) [4]

Theres a second version to her death: That she collapsed on Denmark Street in Diss, UK, and was taken to Fair Green in Diss, where she died some days later and became buried at Fair Green in Diss. Origins of the local legend perhaps date back to 1867 and a newspaper report of how a Burmese female elephant called Madame Abdella collapsed on nearby Denmark Street during a visit to the town by the Wombells Menagerie.

She was taken to Fair Green but despite "cordials and restoratives" being administered she died a few days later. "As might be expected such unprecedented affair as a dead elephant caused considerable excitement in the town," the report added.

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2021-07-07 £46k project to tell story of madame abdella, elephant 'buried in diss' - Elephant News

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Koehl, Dan, (2024). Madame Abdella, Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Wombwells Menagerie No.1 in United Kingdom. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 13 June 2024 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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