Thursday, December 08, 2005

"Tommy" 1994


Anonymous says that "Tommy" was indeed weighed and came in at 7 tonnes (tons?), 315 lbs.
making him 14,315 pounds.
RL thinks he weighed 3.5 tonnes. 7,000 pounds?
Also in response to another anonymous, Tommy's name was not changed to "King Tusk" because of the execution of a previous "Tommy" in fact his name was never changed at all, I never heard him called anything but Tommy or Tom. "King Tusk" was only a stage name and appropriate when applied to "The largest, two-storied monster to walk the face of the earth".

I am having trouble trying to convince people that "Safari" died of Tuberculosis in1936. As mentioned before, Eddie Allen was present when he died as well as when he was posted afterward. He said the Vets were amazed that he lived as long as he did since his lungs were almost eaten away.
As far as his death coming from eating an empty coke bottle someone had given him, I have seen amazing things pass thru elephants with no ill effects. I once saw one eat a uniform jacket and the next day the sleeve was hanging out, after pulling it free I discovered it still had the brass buttons.

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

What ever became of Tommy's
partner ,"Charlie"?
I hear Charlie eventually ended up in the zoo in Mexico City,Mexico.
Would you know when he died?
(presumably he didnt outlive Tommy aka King Tusk who died around 60 years of age just a few years ago.
Is there a photograph of Charlie at the Mexico City zoo?
I wonder if he had really big tusks too.
R.L

Anonymous said...

As to the belief that Safari(aka Jumbo 2)died from eating glass.Well if its untrue its being perpetuated on the inter-net.
Check out www.roadsideamerica.com,
pet cemetatery dept/elephant gravyard.Then check on Jumbo,then scroll down to the footnote at the bottom of that web page.

Buckles said...

After the Dailey Show closed in 1950 Charlie was sold to Gran Circo Union in Mexico. Smokey Jones took him down there. I could write a book on the stories Smokey later told about Charlie's adventures and misadventures while down there. I think he eventually died on that show.
The big male you menton in the Mexico City Zoo was "Fritzie" who appeared in Vaudeville with Sangers Midgets when he was very small. Another male in that act was "Ziggy" who wound up in the Brookfield Zoo.

Anonymous said...

A labadore Retriever belonging to a policeman passed a pair of very dainty ladies bikini pantys here one day. I took a picture to show the man and made a joke that they had better be his wifes. The next day the dog passed two pair of little boys under shorts and one mans size. I took pictures of this also. The mans wife wondered what happened to the garments and discovered the dog had gotten into the laundry basket. I also cared for another Lab who passed a pair of little girls ruffled socks. It never seemed to bother either dog,

Anonymous said...

What about AL. G Barnes"Barny",
didnt he go down to Mexico too,and also never to return to the U.S.A.
I read somewhere where they had Barny(a"dwarf" elephant) fight lions,and bulls things like that so,they could get their kicks.

Anonymous said...

another Vaudville to the zoo elephant was"Nemo" who went to the Cleveland zoo around 1912,he wasnt there long before he went nutzo so they had to kill him,he was really young to go that way,only around 12.
Would you have any info on Nemo's background before going to the zoo?

Buckles said...

I only know of two Nemos. One with J.H. Eischman in 1917 that died young and the other owned by George P. Dorsey that was leased to many shows in the 1920's and 30's and eventually to Dailey Bros. Circus in 1941.
He may have been in Vaudeville as well.

Anonymous said...

The Cleveland zoo's "Nemo"
was received by the zoo 6.September.1923
There are two sources that say from whom he was purchased.
Either from G.E Christie
or from John F. Albee of Keith's Vaudville Circuit.
Unfortanely Nemo had to be destroyed less then a year later in April 1924.
He broke his log chain that was shackled to his foot and wrecked his cage.
"Police fired three 30-30 bullets into Nemo,"The beast appeared puzzled,his mouth fell open.Three more bullets tore into his body.Nemo slumped dead."

Anonymous said...

Reading again are we? What book was this published in?

Anonymous said...

The achives of the newspaper,Cleveland Plain Dealer of April 1924

Anonymous said...

My guesstamation as to the weight of "Tommy" aka "King Tusk"
as to 3.5 tonnes.
Thats a coservative estimation,thats not counting the weight of his tusks,which I would be surprised if the pair weighed more then 200 lbs.Asian elephants ivory never weighs too much more then that for a big pair of tusks.
Some of the African savannah elephants back in the old days were shot that had single tusks weighing about 240 pounds,several pairs weighing close but just under 500 pounds.

Anonymous said...

Buckles-
Would you mind sharing one of those stories of Charlie? His "adventures and misadventures" are of interest, as well as any pearls from Smokey. lol. Thanks!

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