Little Rajee
Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at
Kings Amusements in United States

dead elephant ☨ ♀ Little Rajee  dead elephant



Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 12 years old
Born:* 1951 wild
Birth place: in Asia unspecified location
Dead: 1963-09-26
Death location: Kings Amusements
Death reason: euthanised: in Lansing, Michigan Execution by gunshot during a rampage
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Kings Amusements, in United States

Date of arrival

1961-00-00Kings Amusements
from Beech Bend Amusement Park (Charles Garvin)

1958-00-00Beech Bend Amusement Park (Charles Garvin)
from Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus

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History of updates2011-10-27: text, sources

Latest document update2020-10-18 06:25:24
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† Little Rajee is a dead Female ♀ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), , who died 1963-09-26 at Kings Amusements, in United States, . Official death reason described as in Lansing, Michigan Execution by gunshot during a rampage.


Little Rajee was born wild 1951 at Asia unspecified location.

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Trained by Louis Reed and Smokey Jones in the winter 1954.

September 26, 1963 : Elephant Goes on Rampage in Lansing
On Sept. 26, 1963, an elephant that was part of the King Shows and Circus rampaged through Lansing. Rajje, the elephant, was performing at a local shopping center when it became irritated and rebelled against its trainer. Rajje spent about 15 minutes rampaging through Arlan's Department store, causing thousands of dollars in damage, before leaving through a back exit. The police went on a two-mile chase through Lansing after the elephant, who tried to throw a car out of its way. Police eventually put down the 13-year-old, 3,000-pound elephant in a barrage of gunfire.

Michigan Every Day

Here is what happened: After the elephant escaped from the carnival at the strip mall at Holmes and Logan (now Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard) in Lansing ... A Group of us from East Lansing ... looked up from the stands and saw this elephant romping eastward on Holmes Road. Being 16 years old and really dumb, we took off, climbed the fence surrounding the field and proceeded to run after the elephant to "capture" it (like a dog chasing a car! Many of the spectators followed Fouts and his pals, creating a sizable crowd moving through the streets of south Lansing. We scared the elephant enough that (she) ran between houses into back yards knocking over porches and anything else in (her) way. The police and the trainer were there begging us to not rile the elephant but we continued on. Only after the elephant was killed did I realize what we had done, East Lansing and Everett (high schools) joined in a year-long campaign of fundraisers to pay the trainer for his loss, and I, to this day, regret my actions on that night. Five hundred kids chasing anything through city streets will always lead to 'nothing good' ...
John Fouts, 2011

Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2023). Little Rajee, Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Kings Amusements in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 30 November 2023 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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