Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at
Circus Benneweis in Denmark

dead elephant ☨ ♀ Siam  dead elephant



Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 26 years old
Born:* 1968 wild
Birth place: in Asia unspecified location
Dead: 1994-07-22
Death reason: euthanised: aggressive. i.v. Penthotal
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Circus Benneweis, in Denmark

Date of arrival

1968-00-00Circus Benneweis
from Zoo-Forss (Ingemar Forss)

1968-00-00Zoo-Forss (Ingemar Forss)
from Dusit Zoo (Khao Din)

Dusit Zoo (Khao Din)
from Thailand unspecified location

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History of updates
2023-01-28: Born in Asia

Latest document update2023-01-28 15:54:43
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† Siam is a dead Female ♀ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), , who died 1994-07-22 at Circus Benneweis, in Denmark, . Official death reason described as aggressive. i.v. Penthotal.


Siam was born wild 1968 at Asia unspecified location.

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During tour 1994 in Nyborg, Denmark, Siam attacked the elephant trainer Kim Benneweis, and almost killed him in the ring.

After running out from the tent she was shot on a couple of times with a handheld pistol by a Police officer, resulting in no reaction.

Outside the tent she attacked a visiting elderly man Einar Johannes Kristensen, who was later sent to Odense hospital.

Totally out of control, and aggressive, Siam went out in town Nyborg, why the director Diana Benneweiss called the vet in Givskud safaripark, Vet. Hans Jørgen Pedersen, who arrived at 21.00, and was requested to euthanaise Siam.

Siam, then back on the circus, was first tranqulised with Etorphine/Plegicile mixture, and then euthanised with Penthotal intravenous.

Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2023). Siam, Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Circus Benneweis in Denmark. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 1 December 2023 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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