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Pawa and the owner Dr. Dr. Saw Durmay Po Min, president of the loyal Karen association of Burma-India. William Buckles Woodcock collection
|† Pawah (Pa Wa)||ID Number:|
|Sex and age:||10 years old|
|Dead date:||† 1928|
|Location:||Saw Durmay (Po Min)|
|Arrived||Saw Durmay (Po Min) 1928-00-00|
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|Born:||1918 wild Myanmar|
|Document updated||2010-05-10: text|
One of the most interesting sights I ever saw was the albino elephant Pa Wa with RBBB in 1927, this was on the lake front in Chicago. Standing before this exhibit I could hear the chumps around me wondering why they had one of the elephants “scrubbed up”. No matter how well cared for and clean an elephant is, to the public he looks dirty.
A portion of a letter from Bill Woodcock (1/8/61) to Chappie Fox.
Caught by, and owned by Dr. Saw D. Po Min, from the Karen tribe, this elephant is stated as being a white elephant, eventuellay an albino, since it was said to have had pink eyes.
Although there is no mention of Pawa in London, she (?) spent a few monthsBob Cline, 2010
Pawa was the last white elephant exhibited in America. John Ringling leased him for xhibition on the Ringling Bros.and Barnum & Bailey show during the 1927 season from his owner, Dr. Saw D. Po Min. Dr. Po Min escorted the elephant along with half a dozen Burmese attendants. Pawah was a genuine albino, and the best appearing white elephant of all those that had toured with circuses, starting with the first in 1884. "He was always exhibited with a very dark elephant to profit by the contrast. Pawah and his master both died, it is understood, after their return to their native land the following yearC. G. Sturtevant, Elephants of the Circus, White Tops magazine, 1931
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