Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at
Ringlands Circus (Big Tom Fossett) in United Kingdom

dead elephant ☨ ♀ Salt  dead elephant



Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀

People killed:1: George Lockhart Sr.
Born:* wild
Birth place: in Asia unspecified location
Imported:1898? by Firma Carl Hagenbeck
Dead: 1952-10-05
Death reason: disease: pneumonia
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Ringlands Circus (Big Tom Fossett), in United Kingdom

Date of arrival

1947-00-00Ringlands Circus (Big Tom Fossett)
from Dudley Zoo

1945-00-00Dudley Zoo
from John Swallows circus

1922-00-00John Swallows circus
from Herbert Taylor

1904-00-00Herbert Taylor
from George Lockhart Sr.

1902-00-00George Lockhart Sr.
from Carl Hagenbecks Tierpark (Neue Pferdemarkt)

1898-00-00Carl Hagenbecks Tierpark (Neue Pferdemarkt) 1898-00-00
from Firma Carl Hagenbeck

Record history
History of updates2024-03-05

Latest document update2024-03-12 00:12:03
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† Salt is a dead Female ♀ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), , who died 1952-10-05 at Ringlands Circus (Big Tom Fossett), in United Kingdom, . Official death reason described as pneumonia.

Affiliated people

1: George Lockhart Sr. (owner from 1902 to 1904) 2: Herbert Taylor (owner from 1904 to 1922) 3: Big Tom Fossett (owner from 1947 to 1952) 4: Dennis Fossett Sr. (owner from 1952 to 1952)

1: Abdul Karim (trainer to 1952) 2: Wilhelm Philadelphia (trainer from 1898 to 1902)


Salt was born wild at Asia unspecified location. and imported 1898? by Firma Carl Hagenbeck

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1898: From import of India, the 4 elephants Salt, Sauce (later Jumbo), Vinegar and Mustard, were trained by Wilhelm Philadelphia, a number called "The Cruet", which was sold to England in 1902 and later presented as "Lockharts Elephants".

1904: George Lockhart Sr. was tragically killed by Salt.

Salt and Sauce were regularly promoted on Ringland's Circus (the circus owned by Dennis Fossett and formerly by his father, Tom Fossett) as being very old. One advert even has them around 90, so the exageration of the age is actually quite mild by comparison. The truth is Salt must have been in no more than in her early 50s when she died, as she and Sauce were clearly only babies when they first arrived in the UK in 1902 having been bought by George Lockhart Sr.
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Marie Edwards recalled: “Salt became trapped in the silt and mud of the lake. “We called in a crane, and a chain was wrapped around her neck to pull her out. “But she became exhausted. People fed her sugar to keep her energy levels up but it didn’t work and she died three days later.”

Salt and her companion Sauce were both born around the turn of the last century so would have been about 50. They were two of Britain’s most high-profile performing elephants, garnering fame for their dazzling array of tricks but notoriety for their bad tempers.

Salt had already crushed her own owner and trainer George Lockhart Sr. to death, and Sauce went on to attack and kill elephant groom William Aslett in 1957.

The death of Salt had a great impact on Marie’s family. She said: “My stepfather Abdul Karim was blamed for the accident and was given the sack. “I don’t think it was his fault but nobody knew what to do. They had never had to rescue an elephant before.”
Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2024). Salt, Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Ringlands Circus (Big Tom Fossett) in United Kingdom. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 25 July 2024 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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