Hannibal an Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at Josef Gärtner

☨ Hannibal
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Species: Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Male ♂, unknown , unknown Notice: Undefined variable: age in /customers/6/2/a/elephant.se/httpd.www/database2.php on line 850 Notice: Undefined variable: age in /customers/6/2/a/elephant.se/httpd.www/database2.php on line 853 maybe about years old (estimated age)
Status:musth
Dead date: 1985-12-24
Death reason: euthanised: shot by Police officer in Gothenburg
Location:Josef Gärtner
ArrivalJosef Gärtner
from Circus Carl Busch
Born:* wild
Document updated2011-06-11: 
Euthanized, shot close to Gothenburg, Sweden by Gothenburg Police in 1985 or 1986. The Gärtner family was touring several years with Circus Scott in Sweden. This year Bimbo was cusing more and more problems, due to musth, and he attacked Josef Gärtner several times during the spring and summer. By christmas the control was lost over the bull, and he could net be kept from attacking the other elephants.

Unfortunately, the Boras Zoo could not be reached by telephone, since it was christmas eve, and finally a Police officer with hunting experience from Africa shot him in the head.

Reference list

Koehl, D., (2020). Hannibal, an Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at Josef Gärtner in Yugoslavia. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 1 October 2020 at https://www.elephant.se/database2.php?elephant_id=1890. (archived at the Wayback machine)

Sources used for this article is among others:

  • Christian Gärtner

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