Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at
Budapest Zoo in Hungary

dead elephant ☨ ♀ Nelly  dead elephant


EEP nr1202


Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 13 years old
Born:* 1909 wild
Birth place: in Asia unspecified location
Capture: 1911?
Imported:1912? by Unknown
Dead: 1922-10-01
Death location: Budapest Zoo
Death reason: disease: Infection, rheumatoid arthritis
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Present / last location:Budapest Zoo, in Hungary

Date of arrival

1913-00-00Budapest Zoo
from Capital Circus of Budapest (Beketow)

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History of updates2022-11-30

Latest document update2021-09-16 15:22:00
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† Nelly is a dead Female ♀ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), , who died 1922-10-01 at Budapest Zoo, in Hungary, . Official death reason described as Infection, rheumatoid arthritis.


Nelly was born wild 1909 at Asia unspecified location, captured 1911? . and imported 1912? by Unknown

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Records about Nelly from EEPEuropean Studbook for Asian elephants state following records for the asian elephant Nelly:

1202 F ~ 1909 WILD WILD WILD ~ 1911 NONE Capture Nelly
BUDAPEST 1 Mar 1912 001534 Transfer
1 Oct 1922 Death

Source: EEP studbook for Asian elephants online

The most interesting elephant story of the era is related to the "footache" Nelly.

In 1913, Mátyás Beketow, the director of the Beketow Circus in the neighborhood of the Zoo, donated a three-year-old elephant to the garden because the animal could not be taught circus stunts due to its foot pain. Our veterinarian, Emil Raitsits, examined the young elephant and found him to have rheumatoid Arthritis. Spa seemed to be the best solution for the treatment, but they could not accommodate such a large guest in the nearby Széchenyi Bath. Nelly therefore traveled to Hévíz in 1914 with her caregiver to cure her aching leg. The thermal water and medicinal mud also brought the desired result in two months.
Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2024). Nelly, Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Budapest Zoo in Hungary. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 12 June 2024 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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