|† Lallah Rookh (Juliet, Jenny Lind)||ID Number:|
|Species:||Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)|
|Sex and age:||Female ♀, unknown maybe about years old (estimated age)|
|Dead date:||† 1860-09-11|
|Death reason:||disease: pneumonia?|
|Location:||Dan Rice Circus|
|Arrived||Dan Rice Circus 1853-00-00 from Seth B. Howes|
Seth B. Howes
from Franconies Hippodrome
Franconies Hippodrome 1848-00-00
from Sands, Lent and Co American Circus
|Document updated||2010-04-26: prev. locations, litterature|
2012-01-11: purchase from Seth B Howes
|Lallah Rookh, (? - Sept. 11, 1860), was a female Asian elephant in Dan Rices circus. Lallah Rookh was known for her tightrope walking act.|
Lallah started her circus career in Franconis Hippodrome under the name Jenny Lind, which she kept from 1848 to 1851. In 1851, she was renamed Juliet and paired with another elephant, Romeo.
Lallah worked with the animal trainer Charles Noyes who, in 1853, left Franconis with Lallah and a white camel to join with Rices circus in Columbus, Ohio.
Rice renamed her Lallah Rookh after the popular poem by Thomas Moore and she began performing in the show two days after they arrived. Lallah was the first elephant in the United States to perform a head stand consistently. Her most famous feat was her tightrope walking act. Lallah walked on a specially made rope, six inches in diameter and twenty feet long, which hung four feet off of the ground between two pairs of crossed beams. Midway through her walk, Lallah would stop and raise her foreleg and Dan Rice would give her an American flag to hold in her trunk as she continued the rest of the way.
In August 1860, Rice had Lallah Rookh swim across the Ohio River in Cincinnati, Ohio to drum up publicity for his new "Monster Show." It took her 45 minutes to swim across the river. A month later, Lallah died of a fever brought about by her swim
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