Jack at London Zoo

† Jack
ID Number:EEP Number: 311 - 
Species: Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Male ♂ 27 years old
Dead date: 1847-06-05
Death reason: unknown:
Location:London Zoo
ArrivedLondon Zoo 1831-05-11
Born:1820-07-00 wild
Document updated2012-05-27: added birth date from EEP list 2011.
Records about Jack from EEPEuropean Studbook for Asian elephants state following records for the asian elephant Jack:

311 M ~ Jul 1820 UNK UNK PUBLIC ~ Jan 1831 NONE Transfer JACK
LONDON RP 11 May 1831 927 Transfer
5 Jun 1847 Death

Source: EEP studbook for Asian elephants online

In 1847 the large male elephant, Jack; died in the
Zoological Gardens. I was sentJiaf to skin and prepare the
skeleton of this huge animal. Professor Owen, Professor
Rymer Jones and other anatomists were present on the
occasion, taking notes and assisting in the dissection. By
the accidental breaking of the tackle used in lifting the
body of this ponderous brute I was nearly crushed to death,
and Professor Owen, while endeavouring to remove the
brain, so lacerated his hands against the ragged edge of
the skull-bones that an alarming and dangerous illness
was the result ; in fact, it was thought for some time that
his life was in danger.

Wild animals in captivity, by A. D. Bartlett

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  • Wild animals in captivity, by A. D. Bartlett

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