Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Norma Jean at Clark and Walters Wild Animal Circus

 ☨ ♀ Norma Jean  
Norma Jean on the day before she died in 1972. <br />
Norma Jean on the day before she died in 1972.



Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 30 years old
Born:* 1942 wild
Birth place:
Dead: 1972-07-17
Death reason: accident: killed by lightning
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Clark and Walters Wild Animal Circus, in United States

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Clark and Walters Wild Animal Circus
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History of updates2014-01-16

Latest document update2020-10-18 06:25:24
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† Norma Jean is a dead Female ♀ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), , who died 1972-07-17 at Clark and Walters Wild Animal Circus, in United States, . Official death reason described as killed by lightning.


Norma Jean was born wild 1942.

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Norma Jean died during a storm 1972 in Oquawka, Henderson County , when she was struck and killed by a bolt of lightning while chained to a tree in the town square. Her trainer, "Possum Red," was knocked 30 feet by the blast. She was buried next to the tree in Oquawka's town square, and a twelve-foot-tall limestone tombstone was raised on her grave, with the text: This memorial is dedicated in memory of an elephant named Norma Jean, who was killed by lightning at this location, and lies buried here, on initiative of retired druggist Wade Meloan. Norma Jean is celebrated each August by a festival in Oquawka.
The circus, without its star attraction, closed down next year in 1973.

Reference listKoehl, Dan, (2021). Norma Jean, Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Clark and Walters Wild Animal Circus in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 22 September 2021 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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