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Topsy (1875–1903)

Topsy was originally a wild elephant, born in Southeast Asia c. 1875. She was captured by elephant traders while still a baby and smuggled into the United States by 1877 . Her new owner Adam Forepaugh (1831-1890) claimed that she was born in captivity and advertised her as the first American-born baby elephant. Forepaugh was the owner of Forepaugh... See full bio »


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 1903 Electrocuting an Elephant (Documentary short)

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10' (3.05 m)

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There were no known children of descendants of Topsy. Asian elephants have problems reproducing in captivity. Modern studies have noted that even when a female elephant is impregnated, there is as a high chance that the pregnancy will result in stillbirth. Otherwise successful births can still fail to reproduce the species in captivity, because of high infant mortality and frequent instances of ... See more »

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