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Tuesday, September 15, 1885. :   The largest elephant in captivity, Jumbo, is accidentally killed by a train.

     "Jumbo", born sometime in 1861, was an African bush elephant. After being transported from a Paris zoo to the London Zoo, where he was popular for giving rides, he was then sold to P.T.Barnum's circus in 1882, where his huge size made him a drawcard for the circus visitors.

Standing at around 3.25 metres in height, Jumbo was the largest known elephant in captivity, and his name has become synonymous with anything of extraordinary size. On 15 September 1885, the gentle giant Jumbo was killed by a train whilst crossing the tracks at a train marshalling yard in St Thomas, Ontario, Canada, while being loaded for transport with the circus.

Of unusual interest is the fact that, whilst stuffing the elephant for posterity, a taxidermist found within Jumbo's stomach an assortment of coins, key, rivets and even a London policeman's whistle.

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