Old Bet
African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana) at
Hachaliah Bailey in United States

dead elephant ☨ ♀ Old Bet  dead elephant
Alternative name: Old Bett, Betty, Big Bett
Taxidermy locationBarnums American Museum, , United States

Identification

SSP nr300

Description

Species:African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 16 years old
Origin
Born:* 1800 wild
Birth place:
Imported:1804-06-25 by Unknown
Death
Dead: 1816-07-26
Death location: Alfred, Berwick, Maine
Death reason: shot: aggressive, shot by Daniel Davis
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Hachaliah Bailey, in United States

Date of arrival

1808-00-00Hachaliah Bailey
from Edward Savage

1804-00-00Edward Savage
from Nathan Howes

Record history
History of updates2009-11-14: 
2011-04-26: SSP RE
2020.11.29: tex, details

Latest document update2021-09-15 14:15:14
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Biography

† Old Bet is a dead Female ♀ African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana), , who died 1816-07-26 at Hachaliah Bailey, in United States, . Official death reason described as aggressive, shot by Daniel Davis.

Taxidermy locationThe Taxidermy remains of this animal is within the Taxidermy collection at Barnums American Museum, in , United States, since 1821-00-00.

Origin


Old Bet was born wild 1800. and imported 1804-06-25 by Unknown


Comments / pictures

Bett lies buried just off Route 4 in Alfred.

Records about Old Bet from Bob Cline
OLD BET Arrives in US June 25, 1804 2nd elephant in United States
African Female 1804 - Exhibited bt Edward Savage in Boston and Salem
1805 - Exhibited in the Hudson Valley and Richmond, Va.
1806 - exhibited in New York City
1808 - billed as only elephant in America indicating that The 1st elephant was dead now.
1809 - Hachileah Bailey exhibit
Different references refer to Christopher Brown, Iaasc Purdy, or Andrew Brunn in charge.
Died - July 26, 1816 in Alfred, Maine - shot by Daniel Davis
1817 - Skeleton was exhibited at 303 Broadway in New York City
1818 - Mounted hide on display in New York City



Elephant Notes and news
Old Bet has aroused interest and curiosity for many years, mostly because of the mystery surrounding her time of arrival in the United States (she is either the “first”, having arrived on April 1317, or the “second”, arrived in 1804), her Species (either African or Asian elephant), her name (known by at least five different names: “The Elephant”, “Old Bet”, “Betsy”, “Betty”, and “Rajah”). “Little Belt” and “The Learned Elephant” apparently are names of another elephant acquired after Old Bet died, presumably in Alfred, Maine, USA in
1816. (Shoshani et.al.)


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Reference list

References

Koehl, Dan, (2021). Old Bet, African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana) located at Hachaliah Bailey in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 20 October 2021 at https://www.elephant.se/database2.php?elephant_id=2384. (archived at the Wayback machine)


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Categories1816 deaths | Barnums American Museum Taxidermy | 1800 births | 1804 imports | Elephants from Hachaliah Bailey | United States | African savanna elephants


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