Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at
World of Mirth Shows in United States

dead elephant ☨ ♂ Teddy  dead elephant



Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Male ♂
Born:* wild
Birth place:
Dead: 1941-10-17
Death reason: killed: shot, aggressive
Locations - owners
Present / last location:World of Mirth Shows, in United States

Date of arrival

1939-00-00World of Mirth Shows
from Kay Brothers Circus

1937-00-00Kay Brothers Circus
from Downie Brothers Circus

1926-00-00Downie Brothers Circus
from Rosas Royal Midgets Toy Town

1925-00-00Rosas Royal Midgets Toy Town
from Unknown

Record history
History of updates2009-08-16: Death, Text
2010-09-22: location list, death
2018-03-03: Bob Cline records

Latest document update2020-10-18 06:25:24
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† Teddy is a dead Male ♂ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), , who died 1941-10-17 at World of Mirth Shows, in United States, . Official death reason described as shot, aggressive.


Teddy was born wild .

Comments / pictures

The bull was Teddy, a young male, that had been obtained from Toy Town, at the New York Hippodrome where he was on exhibit with Rosa's Royal Midgets. Brought to quarters early in April he was trained by N. W. McKay, the elephant trainer for the show. Later, when Frank Phillips was Superintendent of Elephants, Teddy was trained to do a head-carry.
Downie Bros. Wild Animal Circus, by Chang Reynolds. Bandwagon, Vol. 7, No. 1 (Jan-Feb), 1963, pp. 4-9.

Records about Teddy from William "Buckles" Woodcocks Blog at http://www.bucklesw.blogspot.com/
1925 Rosa's Midgets "Toy Town" N.Y. Hippodrome
1926-30 Downie Bros. Circus (Andrew Downie)
1931-36 Downie Bros. Circus (Chas. Sparks)
1937-38 Kay Bros. Circus (Wm. Ketrow)
1939-41 World of Mirth Shows
(Shot in 1941)

William "Buckles" Woodcock

Records about Teddy from Bob Cline

TEDDY Born 1913?
Male Asian 1917 - sold to Motion Picture Co. by Wm.P. Hall
1925 - Rosa's Midgets
1926 bought by Andrew Downie from Toy Town Hippodrome, NYC.
1926 to 1936 - Downie Bros. Circus
1936 to 1938 - Kay Bros. Circus
1939 to 1941 - World of Mirth Carnival
Died - Oct. 17th, 1941 in Raliegh, N.C. ( Execution by gunshot )
Bob Cline, author of the book "Americas elephants".

According to Karl Groning, Teddy was executed by Texas Rangers, who shot him with 107 bullets during 45 minutes, in order to punish him with a slow death.
Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2023). Teddy, Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at World of Mirth Shows in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 30 November 2023 at https://www.elephant.se/database2.php?elephant_id=2376. (archived at the Wayback machine)

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