unknown name
Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at
Private owner in West Smithfield in United Kingdom

dead elephant ☨ ♂ unknown name  dead elephant



Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Male ♂
Born:* wild
Birth place: in Sumatra unspecified location
Imported:1720 by Sumatra unspecified location
Freight:by ship "Marlborough" from Bencoolen, Sumatra
Dead: 1720
Death location: Private owner in West Smithfield West Smithfield
Death reason: disease: fever? wrong food, ignorance of the keepers
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Private owner in West Smithfield, in United Kingdom

Date of arrival

1720-07-02Private owner in West Smithfield
from English East India Company

1720-00-00English East India Company
from Port of Bencoolen

1720-00-00Port of Bencoolen
from Sumatra unspecified location

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History of updates2021-07-09

Latest document update2021-07-09 13:03:44
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† unknown name is a dead Male ♂ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), , who died 1720 at Private owner in West Smithfield, in United Kingdom, . Official death reason described as fever? wrong food, ignorance of the keepers.


unknown name was born wild at Sumatra unspecified location. and imported 1720 by Sumatra unspecified location, by ship "Marlborough" from Bencoolen, Sumatra

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The elephant was dissected on the lawn of Sir Hans Sloane's London residence and was reported by his colleagues William Stukeley and Dr Douglas as having ‘Dy'd, as we may reasonably suppose for want of a suitable and proportionate method of food, and from the ignorance of the keepers, who expos'd it to cold and moisture’. A fever had also been exacerbated by a broken tusk and ‘the great quantities of ale the spectators continually gave it

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Koehl, Dan, (2023). unknown name, Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Private owner in West Smithfield in United Kingdom. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 1 December 2023 at https://www.elephant.se/database2.php?elephant_id=10840. (archived at the Wayback machine)

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