Manuela (Manula) at Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus

† Manuela (Manula)
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Species: Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀, unknown maybe about years old (estimated age)
Dead date: 1951
Death reason: disease: pneumonia?
Location:Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus
ArrivedRingling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus 1950-00-00
from Baptiste Schreiber
Born: wild
Document updated2009-04-26: Text
2010-10-08: corrected death location.
In 1950, John North acquisitioned the "Baptiste Schreiber Acrobatic Elephants" after seeing the act in Europe. The presentation consisted of two female Asian elephants: Manula would strike the teeterboard, vaulting the performer onto the back of a waiting Lelabardi. During the winter of 1950/1951, Manula suddenly caught a cold during the Ringling Brothers & Barnum & Bailey tour of Havana, Cuba. With this ending the act, Schreiber returned to Europe and Lelabardi was sold to the Mills Brothers Circus (with Minnie) in 1951 under Hugo Schmitt.

I found the death notice yesterday in Billboard on Feb. 3, 1951 on page 50 that says she died in the RBBB Sarasota Winter quarters last Sunday after catching a cold in Cuba. ( Last Sunday equals Jan. 21st. ) So she did not die in Cuba as had been told by previous sources.
Bob Cline

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