Ruth (Linco) an Asian elephant at Bailey Brothers Circus

 ☨ ♀ Ruth (Linco)  
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Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀
Born:* wild
Birth place:
Dead date: 1944
Death reason: unknown:
Present / last location:Bailey Brothers Circus, in United States

Date of Arrival
(Presently sometimes errors!)

1944-00-00Bailey Brothers Circus
from Columbian Park Zoo
Columbian Park Zoo 1928-00-00
from Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus
Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus 1925-00-00
from John Robinson Circus
John Robinson Circus 1916-00-00
from Howes Great London Circus (Mugivan and Bowers)

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† Ruth (Linco) is a dead Female ♀ Asian elephant, (Elephas maximus), who died at Bailey Brothers Circus, in United States, of from unknown reasons in 1944. (see detailed list).


Ruth (Linco) was born wild .

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Records about Ruth (Linco) from Bob Cline
RUTH Female Asian
1914 to 1915 - Howe's Great London circus
1916 to 1924 - John Robinson Circus
1925 to 1927 - Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus
1928 to 1943 - Lafayette, IND. Zoo
1944 - Bailey Bros. Circus
Died winter of 1944.

"In 1928, the main Animal House was constructed, which is still standing today! One of the first inhabitants of the Animal House was "Linco" the elephant, who was purchased from the Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus in Peru, Indiana. Nearly 10,000 school students in Lafayette and West Lafayette raised more than $2,000 toward the purchase of the elephant, then named "Ruth." Lincoln School students exceeded their school's fundraising quota and earned the honor of renaming the elephant to Linco." //Columbian Park Zoo

Reference listKoehl, Dan, (2021). Ruth (Linco), an Asian elephant at Bailey Brothers Circus in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 13 May 2021 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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