Pawah (Pa Wa) an Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at Saw Durmay (Po Min)

 Asian elephant (<em>Elephas maximus</em>) Pawah (Pa Wa) at Saw Durmay (Po Min)

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 nr:
Species: Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age: 10 years old
Dead date: 1928
Death reason: unknown:
Location:Saw Durmay (Po Min)
ArrivalSaw Durmay (Po Min) 1928-00-00
from London Zoo
London Zoo 1927-00-00
from Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus
Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus 1927-00-00
from London Zoo
London Zoo 1926-00-00
from Saw Durmay (Po Min)
Born:* 1918 wild Myanmar
Capture: 1919 ,
Document updated2010-05-10: 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 months
at RP en route to America in 1926. I read somewhere that this elephant
stopped off again in England on the way back to India in 1927/28. Pawas
keeper San Dwe was the man responsible for the infamous "Elephant House
Murder" of Sayaid Ali in 1928 (see Bartlett Society newsletter, September
2004 for more details).
Bob 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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Koehl, D., (2020). Pawah (Pa Wa), an Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at Saw Durmay (Po Min) in Myanmar. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 23 October 2020 at https://www.elephant.se/database2.php?elephant_id=2847. (archived at the Wayback machine)

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