Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at
Circus Knie in Switzerland

dead elephant ☨ ♀ Tarka  dead elephant



Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 38 years old
Born:* 1911 wild
Birth place:
Dead: 1949-12-00
Death reason: unknown:
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Circus Knie, in Switzerland

Date of arrival

1944-00-00Circus Knie
from Circus Sarrasani

Record history
History of updates2012-09-19: 

Latest document update2020-10-18 06:25:24
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† Tarka is a dead Female ♀ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), , who died 1949-12-00 at Circus Knie, in Switzerland, .


Tarka was born wild 1911.

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Several newspapers carried reports, around 17th December 1949, about a '3 ton' elephant called Tarka 'believed to have been worth £3,000' 'who went mad on a train' and 'died in a hail of bullets from a bren gun' The elephant was 'cut up by a local firm of horse meat suppliers' resulting in further headlines 'Tarka goes to the Dogs' and 'Elephant's Eye for University Research
Paul, http://www.circushistory.org, 10 Jul 2012

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Koehl, Dan, (2023). Tarka, Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Circus Knie in Switzerland. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 27 September 2023 at https://www.elephant.se/database2.php?elephant_id=5323. (archived at the Wayback machine)

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