Frieda (Bama, Miss Fancy) at Cole Brothers Circus

Female Asian elephant Frieda (Bama, Miss Fancy) at Cole Brothers Circus

Miss Fancy "the childrens pet", later Frieda, in Birmingham Zoo
† Frieda (Bama, Miss Fancy)
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Species: Asian elephant
Sex and age:Female 83 years
Dead date: 1954
Death reason: unknown:
Location:Cole Brothers Circus
ArrivedCole Brothers Circus 1934-00-00
from Birmingham Zoo
Birmingham Zoo 1913-00-00
from Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus
Born:1871? wild
Document updated2016-01-25: more records, new source
2016-04-30: text
1913: purchased in 1913 from the struggling Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus for $2,000. Miss Fancy was initially placed under the custodianship of Dayton Allen, assisted by John Todd, an African American zoo worker from Alexander City. The two of them were instructed on her care and handling by circus trainer Curly Hayes, who warned that the elephant had killed one man and injured another.

1954: Died 1954 1954 in Buffalo, New York.

Today, Miss Fancy is perhaps best known as the beer-wielding mascot of Avondale Brewing Company; she also lends her name to the recently opened restaurant Fancy’s on 5th, which stands adjacent to the park its namesake once occupied from 1913 to 1934.


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