Frieda (Bama, Miss Fancy) an Asian elephant at Cole Brothers Circus

 ☨ ♀ Frieda (Bama, Miss Fancy)  
Miss Fancy "the childrens pet", later Frieda, in Birmingham Zoo
Miss Fancy "the childrens pet", later Frieda, in Birmingham Zoo



Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀ maybe about 83 years old (estimated age)

People killed:1
Born:* 1871? wild
Birth place:
Dead date: 1954
Death reason: unknown:
Present / last location:Cole Brothers Circus, in United States

Date of Arrival
(Presently sometimes errors!)

1934-00-00Cole Brothers Circus
from Birmingham Zoo
Birmingham Zoo 1913-00-00
from Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus

Document updated2016-01-25: more records, new source
2016-04-30: text
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† Frieda (Bama, Miss Fancy) is a dead Female ♀ Asian elephant, (Elephas maximus), who died at Cole Brothers Circus, in United States, of from unknown reasons in 1954. (see detailed list).


Frieda (Bama, Miss Fancy) was born wild 1871?.

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1913: purchased in 1913 from the struggling Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus for $2,000. Miss Fancy was initially placed under the custodianship of Dayton Allen, assisted by John Todd, an African American zoo worker from Alexander City. The two of them were instructed on her care and handling by circus trainer Curly Hayes, who warned that the elephant had killed one man and injured another.

1954: Died 1954 1954 in Buffalo, New York.

Today, Miss Fancy is perhaps best known as the beer-wielding mascot of Avondale Brewing Company; she also lends her name to the recently opened restaurant Fancy’s on 5th, which stands adjacent to the park its namesake once occupied from 1913 to 1934.

Reference listKoehl, Dan, (2021). Frieda (Bama, Miss Fancy), an Asian elephant at Cole Brothers Circus in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 13 May 2021 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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