Ding (DIng-Dong) an Asian elephant at Cole Brothers Circus

 ☨ ♀ Ding (DIng-Dong)  
Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀
Id number

People killed:1
Born:* wild
Birth place:
Dead date: 1940-02-21
Death reason: accident: fire
Present / last location:Cole Brothers Circus, in United States

Date of Arrival
(Presently sometimes errors!)

1939-00-00Cole Brothers Circus
from Robbins Brothers Circus (Fred Buchanan)
Robbins Brothers Circus (Fred Buchanan) 1938-00-00
from Cole Brothers Circus
Cole Brothers Circus 1935-00-00
from William P Hall Animal Farm
William P Hall Animal Farm
from Cook and Cole Circus
Cook and Cole Circus 1927-00-00
from Robbins Brothers Circus (Fred Buchanan)
Robbins Brothers Circus (Fred Buchanan) 1927-00-00
from World Brothers Wild Animal Circus
World Brothers Wild Animal Circus 1924-00-00
from World Brothers Wild Animal Circus
World Brothers Wild Animal Circus 1923-00-00
from Cole Brothers Circus
Cole Brothers Circus 1918-00-00
from Unknown

Document updated2012-10-02: mankiller?
2013-04-16: text
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† Ding (DIng-Dong) is a dead Female ♀ Asian elephant, (Elephas maximus), who died at Cole Brothers Circus, in United States, of accident in 1940-02-21. Official death reason described as fire. (see detailed list).


Ding (DIng-Dong) was born wild .

Comments / pictures

The best old female elephant I was ever around was Ding.
Bill Woodcock (1/8/61) to Chappie Fox.

Died in fire at Cole Bros. winter quarters in Rochester, Indiana.

According to Chang Reynolds Ding was a mankiller.

Records about Ding (DIng-Dong) from Bob Cline
DING DONG Came to US in 1893 to Leon Washburn Circus with another elephant Charley.
(also called DING) 1893 to 1896 - L. Washburn Circus
Female Asian 1897 to 1899 - J.H. LaPearl Show
1899 to 1906 - Great Wallace Circus
1907 to 1910 - Dode Fisk Show
Ding was bought by Jerry Mugivan
1911 to 1912 - Sangor Bros. Circus
1913 - Great Robinson Shows
1914 to 1915 - Famous Robinson Shows
1916 - Howe's Great London
1917 - John Robinson Circus
1918 - Howard Bros. Circus
1918 - Cole Bros. Circus ( Elmer Jones show )
1918 - Horne Animal Show ( Mr. Jones died, his wife sold Tex, Ding and Mabel to Mr. Hall )
1919 - Wm. P. Hall farm
1920 to 1922 - Campbell, Bailey, & Hutchinson Circus
1922 - Wm. P. Hall farm
1923 - World Bros. Circus
World Bros. Circus 1923 owned by Fred Buchanan
1924 to 1926 - Robbins Bros. Circus
1927 - Cook & Cole Circus
1927 to 1934 - various fairs and festivals, & Parks
Bought by Jess Adkin for Cole Bros from W.P.Hall winter of 1934-1935 w/ Tommy and Boo for $3000.00 per Hall papers @ CWM.
1935 to 1937 - Cole Bros. Circus
1938 - Robbins Bros. Circus
1939 to 1940 - Cole Bros. Circus
Died in winterquarters fire Feb.20,1940

Reference listKoehl, Dan, (2020). Ding (DIng-Dong), an Asian at Cole Brothers Circus in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 5 March 2021 at https://www.elephant.se/database2.php?elephant_id=2882. (archived at the Wayback machine)

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