† Benny (Dumbo) is a dead Male ♂ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), , who died 2016-12-26 at Toluca Zoo, in Mexico, . Official death reason described as kidney problem?.
Benny (Dumbo) was born captive-born 1991-12-19 at Roman Schmitt Busch Garden.
Sire (f):Vance (Matt)Born: 1963
Dame m:Josky (Patne)Born: 1967
Contrary to some reports, Benny was not castrated.
Benny was bought by the Vasquez Circus from Trunks & Humps for $40,000. He was smuggled from Texas to Mexico by the Mexican circus owner, who bribed Mexican customs officers with $4,500 to sneak the elephant across the border. He was confiscated from the circus in 2002 and transferred to the Toluca Zoo.
There were two enclosures for Asian elephants. In one was a pair, Ted, a tusked bull about 50 years old, and Bee, a female of about 60; in the other was a lone Tuskless
bull, Ramos, about 50 years old. All three were donations from a Mexican circus, and had narrowly escaped being destroyed because they killed their trainer and another person. (I am not sure that the ages given above are correct, but that is what I was told.)
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