Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at
Perry Brothers Circus in Australia

dead elephant ☨ ♂ Tommy  dead elephant
Tommy in 1925
Tommy in 1925



Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Male ♂ 24 years old

People killed:1
Born:* 1913 unknown
Birth place:
Dead: 1937
Death reason: euthanised: cyanide in apple
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Perry Brothers Circus, in Australia

Date of arrival

1921-00-00Perry Brothers Circus
Record history
History of updates2010-09-25: 

Latest document update2021-01-29 12:42:05
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† Tommy is a dead Male ♂ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), , who died 1937 at Perry Brothers Circus, in Australia, . Official death reason described as cyanide in apple.


Tommy was born unknown 1913.

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1937: Killed the elephant trainer Jack Stevens, and then ran around in the town Parkes in NSW, until Tommy Perry and assistans managed to get him into a wagon.

The Police ordered its destruction, and Tommy was fed apples filled with cyanide.

The death of the elephant, which was twenty-four years of age, and had been with the circus for sixteen years, reperesented a loss of between 500£ and 600£ to the proprietors.

Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2021). Tommy, Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Perry Brothers Circus in Australia. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 9 February 2023 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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