Lallah Rookh (Juliet, Jenny Lind)
Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at
Dan Rice Circus in United States

Biography
dead elephant ☨ ♀ Lallah Rookh (Juliet, Jenny Lind)  dead elephant

Identification


Description

Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀
Origin
Born:* unknown
Birth place:
Death
Dead: 1860-09-11
Death reason: disease: pneumonia?
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Dan Rice Circus, in United States

Date of arrival

1853-00-00Dan Rice Circus
from Seth B. Howes

Seth B. Howes
from Franconies Hippodrome

1848-00-00Franconies Hippodrome
from Sands, Lent and Co American Circus

Record history
History of updates2010-04-25

Latest document update2020-10-18 06:25:24
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† Lallah Rookh (Juliet, Jenny Lind) is a dead Female ♀ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), , who died 1860-09-11 at Dan Rice Circus, in United States, . Official death reason described as pneumonia?.

Origin

Lallah Rookh (Juliet, Jenny Lind) was born unknown .


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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.


Dan Rice tells in his book how he bought the elephant from Seth B. Howes:

During this time he was figuring on a circus of his own in New York, and two years before he separated from Barnum, which was in 1855, he opened the Franconies Hippodrome, which was on the site of the Fifth Avenue Hotel. In 1854 I paid him $5,000 for the elephant ' Lalla Rookh,' and went to Boston with his partner, Cushing. 'Lalla Rookh ' was a wonderful elephant, the most wonderful that ever lived. She used to perform on the tight-rope. Poor thing; she went bathing in the river in Indiana on a Sunday, took cold and died.

Dan Rice


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

Records about Lallah Rookh (Juliet, Jenny Lind) from Bob Cline

Female Asian 1848 to 1849 - Sands, Lent & Co.s Hippoferean Arena ( Jenny Lind ) ( Stuart Thayers Annals of the American Circus 1793 to 1860, pages 449 and 450 )


1852 - R. Sands & Co. and G.C. Quick & Co. Circus and Menagerie ( Juliet ) ( Stuart Thayers Annals of the American Circus 1793 to 1860, pages 497 - 498 )
1853 Dan Rice buys elephant Lalla Rookh from Seth B. Howes for $5,000. ( Lalla Rookh )
1853 - Dan Rices Great Hippodrome and Menagerie ( Lalla Rookh ) ( Stuart Thayers Annals of the American Circus 1793 to 1860, page 487 )
1854 - Dan Rices Hippodrome ( Lalla Rookh ) ( Stuart Thayers Annals of the American Circus 1793 to 1860, page 488 )
1855 - Dan Rices Great Show ( Lalla Rookh ) ( Stuart Thayers Annals of the American Circus 1793 to 1860, page 488 )
1855 - Cresent City Circus ( Lalla Rookh ) ( Stuart Thayers Annals of the American Circus 1793 to 1860, page 528 )
1856 to 1857 - Dan Rices Great Show ( Lalla Rookh ) ( Stuart Thayers Annals of the American Circus 1793 to 1860, pages 542 and 544 )
1858 - No mention of her.
1858 to 1860 - Dan Rices Great Show ( Lalla Rookh ) ( Stuart Thayers Annals of the American Circus 1793 to 1860, pages 545 and 547 )
Died - Sept. 1860 " called Jenny in her private life " ( Lalla Rookh ) ( New York Daily Tribune, Sept. 17, 1860, page 6 )
Bob Cline, author of the book "Americas elephants".
Reference list

References

Koehl, Dan, (2024). Lallah Rookh (Juliet, Jenny Lind), Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Dan Rice Circus in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 25 July 2024 at https://www.elephant.se/database2.php?elephant_id=5706. (archived at the Wayback machine)


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