Alvin Kelly

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Alvin Kelly
Profession circus elephant keeper
Personal details
Born 1928 in United States
Dead 1973 in United States
Country United States

Work locations
Title elephant keeper -1973
Location at Cole Bros. Circus (Clyde Beatty-Cole Brothers Circus) in United States

Biography details

Alvin Kelly , circus elephant keeper in United States

Born 1928 in United States dead 1973 in United States .

Circus Helper Crushed to Death By Elephant He Was Handling
TENAFLY, June 4 – A 45-year-old circus laborer was picked up and thrown to the ground twice yesterday before being crushed to death by an elephant he was handling after a performance on Roosevelt Common.
The laborer, Alvin Kelly of Dallas, was helping to water a Group of 13 elephants following the afternoon performance of the Clyde Beatty Circus.

“We have reports that Kelly had been drinking heavily earlier in the day and that might have had something to do with the elephant’s actions,” the spokesman said. “He also was carrying a big stick, which he may have poked the elephant with at the wrong time.”
The elephant, the police spokesman said, is now with the circus in New City, N.Y., where it had a performance today. “The elephant is a problem for the circus to take care of, not the police,” the spokesman continued.

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Koehl, Dan, (2023). elephant keeper Alvin Kelly in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 10 December 2023 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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Categories elephant keeper | circus | Cole Bros. Circus (Clyde Beatty-Cole Brothers Circus) | Kelly family | Born 1928 | Dead 1973 | People from United States

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