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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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Topsy was an Asian elephant (species name: Elephas maximus), the only elephant species native to Asia. Their habitat range includes various countries in South Asia, Southeastern Asia, and East Asia. They have been an endangered species since 1986, with less than 60,000 individuals still alive by the beginning of the 21st century. See more »

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