Abu an Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at Ashtons Circus

☨ Abu
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Species: Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 68 years old
Dead date: 2003
Death reason: unknown:
People killed:3
Location:Ashtons Circus
ArrivalAshtons Circus from Fritz Schultz
Born:* 1935 wild
Document updated2010-05-23: mankiller
2012-03-13: prev locations
2013-05-21: corr prev locations, forked some records to 13481
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.

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Koehl, D., (2020). Abu, an Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at Ashtons Circus in Australia. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 21 October 2020 at https://www.elephant.se/database2.php?elephant_id=2046. (archived at the Wayback machine)

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