Topsy an Asian elephant at Cuneos menageri (John G. Cuneo)

 ☨ ♀ Topsy  



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

Date of Arrival
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1907-01-29Cuneos menageri (John G. Cuneo)
from Carl Hagenbecks Tierpark (Stellingen)
Carl Hagenbecks Tierpark (Stellingen)
from Firma Carl Hagenbeck

Document updated2016-01-22: records
2016-02-04: more
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† Topsy is a dead Female ♀ Asian elephant, (Elephas maximus), who died at Cuneos menageri (John G. Cuneo), in Sweden, of in 1909?. (see detailed list).


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 listKoehl, Dan, (2021). Topsy, an Asian elephant at Cuneos menageri (John G. Cuneo) in Sweden. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 21 April 2021 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

Sources used for this article is among others:

  • Anders Landen, Sweden


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