Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at
Gent Zoo in Belgium

dead elephant ☨ ♀ Betsy  dead elephant



Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀
Born:* wild
Birth place: in Asia unspecified location
Imported:1855? by Unknown
Dead: 1887
Death reason: unknown:
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Gent Zoo, in Belgium

Date of arrival

1855-10-11Gent Zoo
Record history
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2021-09-15: Importer P.T. Barnum
2021-09-26: Born in Asiaa

Latest document update2021-09-26 01:15:03
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† Betsy is a dead Female ♀ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), , who died 1887 at Gent Zoo, in Belgium, .


Betsy was born wild at Asia unspecified location. and imported 1855? by Unknown

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Audience favorite Betsy, who arrived at the zoo in 1855, died in the winter of 1887-88, after which she was offered at the Universities of Brussels and Ghent. Brussels was not interested because they had too many elephants and Ghent found it too expensive. The Company then decided to just keep the Skull. It was later claimed that the university would have the Skull Betsy: according to tradition, Betsy had a deformed jaw by eating too many cookies and univ indeed possesses a deformed elephant Skull. Small detail: the Skull of an African elephant and Betsy was an Indian elephant.

Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2023). Betsy , Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Gent Zoo in Belgium. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 29 November 2023 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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