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Babe (Babylon)
Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at
Smithsonian National Zoological Park in United States

dead elephant ☨ ♀ Babe (Babylon)  dead elephant


SSP nr481


Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 60 years old
Status:foot problems
Born:* 1877 wild
Birth place:
Dead: 1937-08-12
Death reason: disease: collapsed
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Smithsonian National Zoological Park, in United States

Date of arrival

1934-05-16Smithsonian National Zoological Park
from Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus

1919-00-00Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus
from Ringling Bros. Circus

1888-00-00Ringling Bros. Circus
from Dan Costello & Co

1887-00-00Dan Costello & Co
from Sells Brothers Circus

1885-00-00Sells Brothers Circus
from Hillard-Maine Circus

1883-00-00Hillard-Maine Circus 1883-00-00
from Great Pacific Circus

1881-00-00Great Pacific Circus
from Burr Robbins Circus

1880-00-00Burr Robbins Circus
from London Zoo

Record history
History of updates2021-07-29

Latest document update2020-10-18 06:25:24
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† Babe (Babylon) is a dead foot problems Female ♀ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), , who died 1937-08-12 at Smithsonian National Zoological Park, in United States, . Official death reason described as collapsed.


Babe (Babylon) was born wild 1877.

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Together with the african elephant Fanny Babe was Ringling Brothers first elephant.

"Babe was captured in India at the age of ten or eleven. She was transported to the London Zoo where she remained until boisterous Showman Barnum blandly cajoled her away from the directors for $10,000. With his circus, she performed all over the U. S. and Europe. In later years, when she went with Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Combined Shows, millions gawked at her and fed her peanuts. Always leader of the parade, Babe was the unquestioned monarch of the elephant picket line. But three years ago General Director William M. Mann of the National Zoological Park persuaded the Ringlings to retire Babe to his pachyderm house. Besides plain old age, she was afflicted with an ingrown toenail, bad Teeth. Even so she became the prize exhibit of the Washington Zoo. Younger, stronger elephants soon discovered she had brought her ruling manner with her.

Gradually her strength was ebbing, and for nine years Babe had not been off her stiff old legs, because she realized that if she lay down, she would never rise again. Last week, ambling from her cage into the yard, Babe lifted her foot, tripped on the doorsill, fell to rise no more."

Time, Monday, Aug. 23, 1937

Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2023). Babe (Babylon), Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Smithsonian National Zoological Park in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 4 December 2023 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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