Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at
Circus Kludsky in Czech Republic

dead elephant ☨ ♀ Nelly  dead elephant
This is probably Nelly
This is probably Nelly



Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀
Born:* wild
Birth place:
Dead: 1905
Death reason: disease: poisoned by Arsenic
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Circus Kludsky, in Czech Republic

Date of arrival

1902-00-00Circus Kludsky
Record history
History of updates2023-06-21

Latest document update2020-10-18 06:25:24
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† Nelly is a dead Female ♀ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), , who died 1905 at Circus Kludsky, in Czech Republic, . Official death reason described as poisoned by Arsenic.


Nelly was born wild .

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Nelly was the first elephant by circus Kludsky, bought for 8500 Marks.

Nelly was with the circus at least since 1902. In 1902 she had problems from a fistula at the hip, which affected her right backleg, but after operation by professor Drexler in Prag university, she regained her health. (Described in Brehms Tierleben, Band 12, page 573)

She died 1905 when somebody poisoned her by arsenic in Bozen (engl. Bolzano) in South Tyrol.

Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2024). Nelly, Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Circus Kludsky in Czech Republic. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 20 May 2024 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

Sources used for this article is among others:

  • Könige der Manege by Rudolf Kludsky (in german)
  • "Život v manéži" by Karel Kludský, Václav Cibula, (through Jana Havlová)

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