A Heritage Moment that should have been on the CBC...



Born in 1861 Jumbo the elephant stood over 13 feet and his name would soon become synonymous for large. Entertaining people in England by 1881 he attracted the attention of P.T. Barnum who paid $10 000 for the pachyderm. Barnum had the intention of shipping him to America so British school children started a letter-writing campaign: Queen Victoria received 100 000 complaints. Regardless, Barnum would win and Jumbo went to live at Madison Square Gardens where he attracted 1000s of fans. Then the elephant began touring around North America as part of the Barnum & Bailey circus. On September 15, 1885 Jumbo was struck by a train and killed in St. Thomas, Ontario.

The town has a monument...

http://www.mysteriesofcanada.com/Ontario/jumbo_the_elephant.htm

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