Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at
Josef Gärtner in Yugoslavia

dead elephant ☨ ♂ Hannibal  dead elephant



Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Male ♂
Born:* wild
Birth place: in Asia unspecified location
Dead: 1985-12-24
Death reason: euthanised: shot by Police officer in Gothenburg
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Josef Gärtner, in Yugoslavia

Date of arrival

Josef Gärtner
from Circus Carl Busch

Record history
History of updates2022-09-28

Latest document update2022-04-02 08:12:37
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† Hannibal is a dead musth Male ♂ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), , who died 1985-12-24 at Josef Gärtner, in Yugoslavia, . Official death reason described as shot by Police officer in Gothenburg.


Hannibal was born wild at Asia unspecified location.

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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, Dan, (2024). Hannibal, Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Josef Gärtner in Yugoslavia. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 23 April 2024 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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