Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at
Performing Animal Welfare Society / ARK 2000 (PAWS) in United States

dead elephant ☨ ♀ Minnie  dead elephant


SSP nr417


Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 53 years old
Born:* 1956 wild
Birth place:
Dead: 2009-01-21
Death reason: disease: urinary tract infection/bladder problem
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Performing Animal Welfare Society / ARK 2000 (PAWS), in United States

Date of arrival

2004-01-20Performing Animal Welfare Society / ARK 2000 (PAWS)
from Performing Animal Welfare Society (PAWS)

2002-09-21Performing Animal Welfare Society (PAWS)
from Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Center for Elephant Conservation

2000-07-13Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Center for Elephant Conservation
from Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus

1986-00-00Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus
from Diano Brothers Circus

1966-00-00Diano Brothers Circus
from Dietchs Kiddie Zoo (Bob Dietsch)

Record history
History of updates2009-01-24: Text, Death
2012-09-26: loc

Latest document update2020-10-18 06:25:24
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† Minnie is a dead Female ♀ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), , who died 2009-01-21 at Performing Animal Welfare Society / ARK 2000 (PAWS), in United States, . Official death reason described as urinary tract infection/bladder problem.


Minnie was born wild 1956.

Comments / pictures

1986-2000: Blue unit
2000: Minnie came in off of the Ringling Blue unit on July 13, 2000. She remained at the CEC until she was sent to P.A.W.S. in California on Sept. 21, 2002 due to a lawsuit settlement in which Ringling gave them Minnie & Rebecca. //Bob Cline
2004: On January 20, 2004 Rebecca, Minnie and Annie moved to ARK2000.
For the past few months, Minnie had been experiencing a recurrence of her urinary tract infections and bladder problems which have plagued her for many years. This was the first incident in three years, and we hoped that the miraculous effects produced by her cranberry diet might have cured her.
During this last bout, Minnie refused most food and water except for cranberry sauce and cereal. We hand fed and watered her, and administered necessary medications at two hour intervals around the clock. We were all concerned that we might lose our beloved Minnie.
Miraculously, once again, she began eating and drinking on her own. During the month of January, she made incredible strides toward recovery, and we were optimistic that she would have one more summer in the lake with her friends.
On Wednesday, January 21, she had her very best day, playing with Rebecca and chirping and squeaking at her keepers who were delighted to see her joyful behavior. Ed Stewart, one of her favorite people, spent most of the day with her, and Pat Derby fed her buckets of her favorite treats. Ed gave her a very warm bath, and she spent several hours throwing dirt, chirping and thumping. Everyone was delighted with her progress.
Minnie and Rebecca went into their dirt stall in the barn, and ate hay and dusted in the late afternoon. At 6:00 PM, the afternoon keeper, Jon, served meals to Minnie and Rebecca, and Minnie devoured every bit of her food. As Jon stood there warming up water for their drink, Minnie laid down and seemed to be going off to sleep. Jon called softly to her, then realized she had stopped breathing.
Minnie, our 54 year old circus retiree whose vocalizations and sweet disposition charmed everyone at ARK 2000, died peacefully in her barn with Rebecca, her long time companion, and Pat Derby, Ed Stewart and her keepers at her side. Her peaceful posture and the serenity with which she slipped away were a great comfort to all of us.
Rebecca slept next to her, and Wanda, Annie, Pat, Ed and her keepers, Annamarie, Tom, Jon and Brian spent their last evening with the beloved leader of the Asian Group. We are so grateful to our dedicated keeping staff and veterinarians who spent all their time and energy feeding, medicating and caring for Minnie.

Performing Animal Welfare Society, In Memoriam Minnie 1955-2009

Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2021). Minnie, Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Performing Animal Welfare Society / ARK 2000 (PAWS) in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 23 May 2022 at https://www.elephant.se/database2.php?elephant_id=1747. (archived at the Wayback machine)

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