Charlie (Big Charlie) at Great Wallace Brothers

† Charlie (Big Charlie)
ID Number:   SSP Number: 690 - 
Species: Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Male ♂, unknown maybe about years old (estimated age)
Dead date: 1901-01-26
Death reason: euthanised: aggressive
People killed:1
Location:Great Wallace Brothers
ArrivedGreat Wallace Brothers 1900-00-00
from J. H. Lapearl Railroad Show
J. H. Lapearl Railroad Show 1898-00-00
from Leon Washburn Show
Leon Washburn Show 1893-00-00
from Adam Forepaugh Circus
Adam Forepaugh Circus 1890-00-00
from Frank A. Robbins Circus
Frank A. Robbins Circus 1886-00-00
from Adam Forepaugh Circus
Born: wild
Document updated2013-07-13:�
2016-01-05: SSP nr
Killed after crushing his handler of 8 years Henry Hoffman at the Ben Wallace winter quarters at Peru Indiana in April 1901.

Contradictory records:

As I recall, his demise came as the result of drowning Harry Hoffman as he was being watered out of the Mississinewa River at the Wallace Quarters in April of 1901.
"Charlie" was only on the show for a brief period, having been purchased in August of 1899 from the J.H LaPearl Show (along with Ding) and died April 26, 1901 in Peru as the result of poisoning.

Buckles Woodcock


Charley was shot dead � at close range, it would seem because the bullet holes in the skull, clearly marked with arrows, are tightly packed. The pachyderm's skull is exhibited a few feet away from a large Cadillac that once belonged to the songwriter Cole Porter, born Peru, in 1891.



Records about Charlie (Big Charlie) from SSPNorth American Studbook for Asian elephants state following records for the asian elephant Charlie (Big Charlie):

690 M ???? WILD WILD ASIA ???? NONE Capture Charley
LAPEARLCI ???? CHARLI Transfer
BENWALLAC ~ 1899 BIGCH Transfer
26-Apr-01 Death

Source: SSP studbook for Asian elephants online

Sources, among others

  • http://bucklesw.blogspot.com/2008/07/photo-sharing.html

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