Ding (DIng-Dong)
Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at
Cole Brothers Circus in United States

dead elephant ☨ ♀ Ding (DIng-Dong)  dead elephant



Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀

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

Date of arrival

1939-00-00Cole Brothers Circus
from Robbins Brothers Circus (Fred Buchanan)

1938-00-00Robbins Brothers Circus (Fred Buchanan)
from Cole Brothers Circus

1935-00-00Cole Brothers Circus
from William P. Hall Animal Farm

William P. Hall Animal Farm
from Cook and Cole Circus

1927-00-00Cook and Cole Circus
from Robbins Brothers Circus (Fred Buchanan)

1927-00-00Robbins Brothers Circus (Fred Buchanan) 1927-00-00
from World Brothers Wild Animal Circus

1924-00-00World Brothers Wild Animal Circus
from World Brothers Wild Animal Circus

1923-00-00World Brothers Wild Animal Circus
from Cole Brothers Circus

1918-00-00Cole Brothers Circus
from Unknown

from Cole Brothers Circus

0000-00-00Cole Brothers Circus
from John Robinson Circus

1917-00-00John Robinson Circus
from Jerry Mugivan

0000-00-00Jerry Mugivan
from Great Wallace Brothers

1899-00-00Great Wallace Brothers
from J. H. Lapearl Railroad Show

Record history
History of updates2012-10-02: mankiller?
2013-04-16: text

Latest document update2020-10-18 06:25:24
Random literature

† Ding (DIng-Dong) is a dead Female ♀ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), , who died 1940-02-21 at Cole Brothers Circus, in United States, . Official death reason described as fire.


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
Bob Cline, author of the book "Americas elephants".

Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2024). Ding (DIng-Dong), Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Cole Brothers Circus in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 25 February 2024 at https://www.elephant.se/database2.php?elephant_id=2882. (archived at the Wayback machine)

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