Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at
Sydney Zoo in Australia

This record may be a duplicate record with Betty at Sole Brothers Circus
dead elephant ☨ ♀ Betty  dead elephant


ASMP nr42


Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀

People killed:1
Born:* unknown
Birth place:
Dead: 1963-05-28
Death reason: euthanised:
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Sydney Zoo, in Australia

Date of arrival

1963-05-14Sydney Zoo
from Bullen's Circus

1960-00-00Bullen's Circus
from Perry Brothers Circus

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History of updates2013-05-21: text, mankiller, prev loc, duplicate?

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This record may be a duplicate record with Betty at Sole Brothers Circus

† Betty is a dead Female ♀ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), , who died 1963-05-28 at Sydney Zoo, in Australia, .


Betty was born unknown .

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Betty at the time with Soles was with two young cow babies , Ginny and Sheba. Betty killed William Walker, the nephew of Joe and Jean Perry at Kalangadoo in South Australia , she was given to Bullens.


Stan Walker's brother Bill was killed by an elephant when he was 32. He was working as a journalist for the Newcastle Sun and had gone down to South Australia to stay with the circus for 2 weeks holiday - he had worked for the circus on a number of occasions. He'd taken his camera with him and was planning to write a children's story about circus life. He went to see the elephant early one morning and it's thought it became excited at seeing him again. It picked Bill up in its Trunk and must have knocked his cheek hard (giving him a "welcoming hug"). A piece of fragmented bone pierced his brain. The elephant laid him gently on the ground and that was how Jean found him. There wasn't a mark on him apart from a slight bruise on his cheek.

1963: Betty was sadly put down at Taronga Park Zoo , along side Doll Wirths old elephant , they were both put down at the same time (Ratcliffe)
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Koehl, Dan, (2023). Betty, Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Sydney Zoo in Australia. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 7 December 2023 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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