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Gyp (Gypsy, Empress?)
Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at
Great J. E. Henry Show in United States

dead elephant ☨ ♀ Gyp (Gypsy, Empress?)  dead elephant



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

People killed:4
Born:* wild
Birth place:
Dead: 1915
Death reason: unknown:
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Great J. E. Henry Show, in United States

Date of arrival

1907-00-00Great J. E. Henry Show
from Cook and Barrett (Cook Bros)

1905-00-00Cook and Barrett (Cook Bros)
from William P Hall Animal Farm

1904-00-00William P Hall Animal Farm
from Harris Nickel Plate Shows

1903-00-00Harris Nickel Plate Shows
from Great Wallace Brothers

1895-00-00Great Wallace Brothers
from Cook and Whitby Shows (Ben Wallace)

1892-00-00Cook and Whitby Shows (Ben Wallace) 1892-00-00
from Bartines Circus

1890-00-00Bartines Circus
from Wallace and Co Circus

1886-00-00Wallace and Co Circus
from Miller, Stowe and Freeman

Record history
History of updates2013-04-16: 

Latest document update2020-10-18 06:25:24
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† Gyp (Gypsy, Empress?) is a dead Female ♀ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), , who died 1915 at Great J. E. Henry Show, in United States, .


Gyp (Gypsy, Empress?) was born wild .

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Gyp is said to have been William P. Halls first elephant.

Contradictory records:

Some sources state she was sold from Ben Wallace in 1900, others in 1903.

Records about Gyp (Gypsy, Empress?) from William "Buckles" Woodcocks Blog at http://www.bucklesw.blogspot.com/
The big elephant next to trainer, Fatty Shea, is Gypsy or Empress. This is the elephant that killed Jimmy the Bum in Chicago with Harris Nickel Plate Show.
//Buckles Woodcock

Bill Johnston wrote an article called Tough Circus Elephants an it included "Gypsy" from the Nickel Plate Shows. She was some kind of horror. She was responsible for at least 4 victims.
//Joe Ratliff

William "Buckles" Woodcock

Records about Gyp (Gypsy, Empress?) from Bob Cline

Female Asian 1885 - Miller, Stone & Freeman Show
1886 to 1889 - Wallace & Co.
1890 to 1891 - leased by Ben Wallace to Bartines Circus
1892 to 1894 - Cook & Whitby ( owned by Ben Wallace )
1895 to 1902 - Great Wallace Shows
1903 to 1904 - Harris Nickel Plate Shows
1904 - sold to Wm. P. Hall ( became Hall's first elephant )
1905 to 1906 - leased to Cook & Barrett
1907 to 1914 - J.E. Henry Shows
Died - 1915

Bob Cline, author of the book "Americas elephants".
Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2021). Gyp (Gypsy, Empress?), Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Great J. E. Henry Show in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 2 June 2023 at https://www.elephant.se/database2.php?elephant_id=2305. (archived at the Wayback machine)

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