Babe (Babylon) an Asian elephant at Smithsonian National Zoological Park

☨ Babe (Babylon)
ID nr:   SSP Number: 481 - 
Species: Asian elephant
Sex and age:Female ♀ 60 years old
Status:foot problems
Dead date: 1937-08-12
Death reason: disease: collapsed
Location:Smithsonian National Zoological Park
ArrivalSmithsonian National Zoological Park 1934-05-16
from Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus
Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus 1919-00-00
from Ringling Brothers Circus
Ringling Brothers Circus 1888-00-00
from Dan Costello
Dan Costello 1887-00-00
from Sells Brothers Circus
Sells Brothers Circus 1885-00-00
from Hillard-Maine Circus
Hillard-Maine Circus 1883-00-00
from Great Pacific Circus
Great Pacific Circus 1881-00-00
from Burr Robbins Circus
Burr Robbins Circus 1880-00-00
from London Zoo
Born:* 1877 wild India
Document updated2010-01-28
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, D., (2020). Babe (Babylon), an Asian at Smithsonian National Zoological Park in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 28 October 2020 at https://www.elephant.se/database2.php?elephant_id=2565. (archived at the Wayback machine)

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