Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at
Ashtons Circus in Australia

dead elephant ☨ ♀ Abu  dead elephant



Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 67 years old

People killed:3
Born:* 1935 wild
Birth place: in India unspecified location
Dead: 2002
Death location: Private property in Brisbane
Death reason: age: age related illness
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Ashtons Circus, in Australia

Date of arrival

Ashtons Circus
from Fritz Schultz

1954-00-00Fritz Schultz
from India unspecified location

Record history
History of updates2010-05-23: mankiller
2012-03-13: prev locations
2013-05-21: corr prev locations, forked some records to 13481
2021-10-20: corr import year, death year, death location, death reason

Latest document update2021-10-20 12:32:42
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† Abu is a dead Female ♀ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), , who died 2002 at Ashtons Circus, in Australia, . Official death reason described as age related illness.


Abu was born wild 1935 at India unspecified location. and imported 1954

Comments / pictures

1974-03 Heidelberg; VIC: killed her first victim, Douglas Lang-Smith who was a driver/attendant with the circus.
1983: Killed her handler Debbie Wirth by crushing her with her Trunk.
1987-09 Gunnedah NSW:Abu killed her third victim, George Littlejohn, who was a horse groom with the circus.
1999-09: Narre Warren
During a performance one of the elephants used by Ashtons’ Circus, Abu fell toward the audience after being pushed off her pedestal by another elephant, Tanya. A young girl is hurt whilst sitting in the audience at the show when Abu, landed on her. She was taken to a medical centre for x rays on her swollen arm.

Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2021). Abu, Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Ashtons Circus in Australia. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 7 July 2022 at https://www.elephant.se/database2.php?elephant_id=2046. (archived at the Wayback machine)

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Categories2002 deaths | 1935 births | 1954 imports | Elephants from Ashtons Circus | Australia | Mankillers | Asian elephants

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