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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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Was executed for killing three of her trainers. 1,500 spectators watched her get electrocuted. See more »

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