Big Modoc an Asian elephant at Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus

☨ Big Modoc
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Species: Asian elephant
Sex and age:Female ♀ 57 years old
Body weight: 4172.73 kg, 9180.00 lbs
Dead date: 1957
Death reason: unknown:
Location:Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus
ArrivalRingling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus 1931-00-00
from Cole Brothers Circus
Cole Brothers Circus 1905-00-00
from Gentry Brothers Circus
Gentry Brothers Circus
from Gollmar Brothers Circus
Gollmar Brothers Circus
from Leon Washburn Show
Born:* 1900 wild
Document updated2012-10-02: weight and height (height error?)
The Dancing elephant of the Ringling Bros Show.

It seems like Big Modoc is the elephant on the photos in Ralp Helfers book, but according to William Woodcock, its not Ralph Helfers Modoc;

The book shows a number of photos of a big, beautiful elephants performing in the spotlights at Madison Square Garden, this is Big Modoc. Unlikely Helfer ever set eyes on this elephant unless he bought a ticket to the show.//Buckles Woodcock

"For information on Big Modoc in the "Circus Polka" of 1942, please see my nonfiction picture book about the ballet, BALLET OF THE ELEPHANTS, published in 2006. It's got the true story of this amazing circus performance.

The book is the true story of the actual ballet of the elephants. This extravaganza was choreographed by George Balanchine to music by Igor Stravinsky. Big Modoc was the prima ballerina along with Vera Zorina, Balanchine's wife, and 49 other elephants from the circus. It was performed 425 times during the Ringling Brothers circus season of 1942. The book includes black and white photos of the actual event, and it is illustrated by the well-known artist and children's book illustrator, Robert Andrew Parker."
//Leda Schubert 2008-08-12 Vermont

1933-10-12 Poisoned at Charlotte, North Carolina.
1935: weight 9180 Lbs, height 7 feet 10 inches (Chang Reynolds) The height must been an error. why its not submitted in the database.

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Koehl, D., (2020). Big Modoc, an Asian at Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 31 October 2020 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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