Monday, August 12, 2013

ABC Wed: Elephant

Taxidermist-ed elephant in the Auckland museum.
Rajah was a bull Indian Elephant, purchased by Auckland Zoo for 125 pounds from Hobart Zoo, who arrived in November 1930, aged 13. He measured 8 foot 3 (~2.5m) tall, and 9 foot 4 (2.8m~) long. He was a constant source of trouble, and was never trusted by staff. Eventually, his keeper became unable to control him, and he was shot on 9 March 1936.

He was mounted by the taxidermist Charles Dover. He has been on show there ever since, and is in reasonable condition.


Reader Wil said...

An enormous elephant, Ann. These animals are so impressive and interesting.
Thanks for your comment. Of course it is better for such a patient to pass away. He couldn't live any longer this way, but for the Queen mum it is terrible, she has known that there was no hope that he would have recovered. She and his wife and children have been mourning over him since the skiing accident 18 months ago. His brother , the King, said that the three brothers were very close. It is tragic, and you understand this of course better than those who haven't buried a child.u

Roger Owen Green said...

I like it!
ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Carver said...

That's sad that he had to be put to sleep. Carver, ABC Wed. Team

Indrani said...

Oh! That is sad!

Lea said...

A sad story
Lea's Menagerie

Wanda said...

Very nice. We went to the Zoo, and the Elephant would not turn around, so all my pictures of it's butt. Oh well.

ChrisJ said...

It seems that once an elephant is a source of trouble it is hard to change their ways. Too bad.