† Old Bet is a dead Female ♀ African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana), , who died 1816-07-26 at Bailey Circus, in United States, . Official death reason described as aggressive, shot by Daniel Davis.
Old Bet was born wild 1800 at Africa unspecified location. and imported 1804-06-25 by Unknown
As the legend goes, Old Bet came to York County in July of 1816, where people ponied up the admission price to catch a glimpse. But, according to Historic Hudson Valley, a farmer named Daniel Davis reportedly was offended by the idea of taking money from poor people and decided to fatally shoot Old Bet. As legend has it, she was buried in Alfred, where a marker still commemorates her, near the York County Jail, just off Route 4 in Alfred.
In Somers, New York, a statue of Old Bet stands in front of the 'Elephant Hotel,' founded by Hachaliah Bailey in memory of his beloved animal.
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