Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at
Cuneos menageri (John G. Cuneo) in Sweden

dead elephant ☨ ♀ Topsy  dead elephant



Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀ maybe about 13 years old (estimated age)
Born:* 1896?
Birth place:
Dead: 1909?
Death reason: :
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Cuneos menageri (John G. Cuneo), in Sweden

Date of arrival

1907-01-29Cuneos menageri (John G. Cuneo)
from Carl Hagenbecks Tierpark (Stellingen)

Carl Hagenbecks Tierpark (Stellingen)
from Firma Carl Hagenbeck

Record history
History of updates2016-01-22: records
2016-02-04: more

Latest document update2020-10-18 06:25:24
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† Topsy is a dead Female ♀ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), , who died 1909? at Cuneos menageri (John G. Cuneo), in Sweden, .


Topsy was born 1896?.

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Trained by Hagenbecks chief elephant trainer Wilhelm Philadelphia.

Sold to Cuneos menagerie for 6 000 German marks.
Winter 1907: Came to Cuneos together with the keeper Gottlieb Heyd, and Hagenbecks chief trainer Wilhelm Philadelphia, who returned to Hamburg after delivery of Topsy. Shortly after Philadelphia returned to Hamburg, during show in the Swedish town Norrköping, Topsy managed to escape, and spent several days in the snowy weather in the forest between Norrköping and Söderköping.
The Swedish olympic gold medal winner Gustaf Lindblom helped Cuneo to catch Topsy and afterwards got the nick name Topsy.

One source claim she died in 1909.

Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2023). Topsy, Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Cuneos menageri (John G. Cuneo) in Sweden. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 7 December 2023 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

Sources used for this article is among others:

  • Anders Landen, Sweden

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Categories1909 deaths | 1896 births | Elephants from Cuneos menageri (John G. Cuneo) | Sweden | Asian elephants

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