† Nellie is a dead Female ♀ Asian elephant, (Elephas maximus), who died at Sydney Zoo (Taronga), in Australia, of accident in 1949-05-21. Official death reason described as fell into the dry moat, broke her back. (see detailed list).
Nellie was born unknown .
Originally presented to the park by the Maharaja of Mysore in 1928, Nellie became a firm favourite with Durbanites and soon learned to play a mouth organ, crack coconuts and let children ride on her back. Nellie left South Africa in 1949 to go to Taronga Zoo in Australia where the authorities, not knowing what a people-loving animal she was, put her in an enclosure with a moat and a fence around it. She must have been starved for company and one day, while trying to reach over the moat, fell in and broke her back.
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