Zip at Ringling Brothers Circus
|† Zip||ID Number:|
|Species:||African Bush elephant|
|Sex and age:||Female, unknown years|
|Dead date:||† 1893-01-02|
|Death reason:||disease: swallowed four foot long section of chain that weighed ninety pounds|
|Location:||Ringling Brothers Circus|
|Arrived||Ringling Brothers Circus 1890-00-00|
from Shelbys Circus (Dan Shelby)
Shelbys Circus (Dan Shelby) 1888-00-00
from Sells Brothers Circus
Sells Brothers Circus 1878-00-00
|Document updated||2009-11-24: text, remark on the sex|
Different sources report different sex for this elephant. Buckles Woodcock says it was a male.
1888: Killed the Trainer John Goggy in Dubois, Pa. In Sept.
In the Jan.12, 1893 Baraboo, Wisconsin newspaper was the report of Zip passing away although it didn't pin it down to an exact date.
Curiously when they performed the necropsy, they reportly found inside her stomach a four foot long section of chain that weighed ninety pounds. How it got there no one could say, but for three days before her demise around January 3, 1893, Zip a usually docile and tractable elephant was in a state of wild frenzy. How an elephant could swallow a chain that big is a mystery, but possibly the chain may have been rolled up in a bushel and or perhaps some disgruntled employee tricked her into eating the bushel that may have been covered with fruit,as hungry elephants have been known to swallow baskets of fruit or vegetables in one gulp.
An elephant identified as Zip died in early 1893 and his death is covered in the Baraboo Republic of January 12, 1893. A post mortem was conducted by Prof. Donaldson of a Chicago university and Carl Akeley, then identified with the Milwaukee museum.
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