Atkins Menagerie in United Kingdom


Atkins Menagerie
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Owner -: Thomas Atkins
Thomas Atkins
Country United Kingdom

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Atkins Menagerie, United Kingdom .


Comments / picturesAtkins menagerie was founded by Thomas Atkins (1763-1848).

Atkins frequented the St Bartholomew\'s Fair in London and even developed a rivalry with another exhibitor, George Wombwell. Once when Wombwell arrived at the fair, his elephant died and Atkins put up a sign "The Only Live Elephant in the Fair". Wombwell simply put up a scroll with the words "The Only Dead Elephant in the Fair" and explained that seeing a dead elephant was an even a rarer thing than a live one. The public, realising that they could see a living elephant at any time, flocked to see and generally poke the dead one! Throughout the fair Atkins' menagerie was largely deserted, much to his disgust.

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Koehl, Dan (2024). Atkins Menagerie, Elephant Encyclopedia. Available online at https://www.elephant.se/location2.php?location_id=3334. (archived at the Wayback machine)

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