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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 considered an unusually ill-behaved elephant by the American press, but her behavior is not that unusual for Asian elephants. Both male and female members of the species can exhibit aggressive behavior and trample victims with their feet or knees. Even trained elephants can be dangerous to humans. See more »

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