Charlie (Big Charlie)
Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at
Great Wallace Brothers in United States

Biography
dead elephant ☨ ♂ Charlie (Big Charlie)  dead elephant

Identification

SSP nr690

Description

Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Male ♂

People killed:1
Origin
Born:* wild
Birth place:
Death
Dead: 1901-01-26
Death reason: euthanised: aggressive
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Great Wallace Brothers, in United States

Date of arrival

1900-00-00Great Wallace Brothers
from J. H. Lapearl Railroad Show

1898-00-00J. H. Lapearl Railroad Show
from Leon Washburn Show

1893-00-00Leon Washburn Show
from Adam Forepaugh Circus

1890-00-00Adam Forepaugh Circus
from Frank A. Robbins Circus

1886-00-00Frank A. Robbins Circus
from Adam Forepaugh Circus

Record history
History of updates2021-09-14

Latest document update2020-10-18 06:25:24
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† Charlie (Big Charlie) is a dead Male ♂ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), , who died 1901-01-26 at Great Wallace Brothers, in United States, . Official death reason described as aggressive.

Origin

Charlie (Big Charlie) was born wild .


Comments / pictures

Killed after crushing his handler of 8 years Henry Hoffman at the Ben Wallace winter quarters at Peru Indiana in April 1901.


Contradictory records:


As I recall, his demise came as the result of drowning Harry Hoffman as he was being watered out of the Mississinewa River at the Wallace Quarters in April of 1901.
"Charlie" was only on the show for a brief period, having been purchased in August of 1899 from the J.H LaPearl Show (along with Ding) and died April 26, 1901 in Peru as the result of poisoning.

Buckles Woodcock


Charley was shot dead � at close range, it would seem because the bullet holes in the skull, clearly marked with arrows, are tightly packed. The pachyderm's Skull is exhibited a few Feet away from a large Cadillac that once belonged to the songwriter Cole Porter, born Peru, in 1891.



Records about Charlie (Big Charlie) from SSPNorth American Studbook for Asian elephants state following records for the asian elephant Charlie (Big Charlie):

690 M ???? WILD WILD ASIA ???? NONE Capture Charley
LAPEARLCI ???? CHARLI Transfer
BENWALLAC ~ 1899 BIGCH Transfer
26-Apr-01 Death

Source: SSP studbook for Asian elephants online
Reference list

References

Koehl, Dan, (2024). Charlie (Big Charlie), Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Great Wallace Brothers in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 18 July 2024 at https://www.elephant.se/database2.php?elephant_id=2590. (archived at the Wayback machine)


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