Friday, January 28, 2011

Vintage Melbourne Zoo Elephants





Peggy, the Melbourne Zoo elephant being given a pedicure and brush by keeper Carl Mackaway 1949
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"Some things should never change, because they are good ideas, and not mistakes."

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Taronga Zoo in Sydney, Australia, used to have an elephant from Sri Lanka, which they recieved because of the outbreak of WWII. The elephant was supposed to be a gift for Hitler, which ended up being diverted to Australia. There is a man who lives outside of Melbourne, in Seaford I think, who is a genius when it come to white tiger genealogy. Taronga Zoo, which I know is not in Melbourne, had the same director as the Chicago Brookfield and Metro-Toronto zoos, Peter Crowcroft, an Australian, who was teaching zoology at a university in Texas the last I heard, a job he much preferred to being zoo director. Sincerely Paul

Wade G. Burck said...

Paul,
Peter Crowcroft was a great Zoo Director. One of his books "Mice All Over," which is autographed is a proud member of my library. His courage and "telling it like it is" was instrumental in getting Ziggy released from indoors at Brookfield.

Wade

Anonymous said...

Wade, Oh was that the poor elephant that committed murder? Sincerely Paul

Wade G. Burck said...

Paul,
It's amazing isn't it. Animals used to commit murder, and now they are in close proximity to accidents or play to rough. Crazy, crazy world it has become. I have always thought the term "murder" in regards to an animal was as inappropriate as "playing". Murder would suggest an intent as well as a highly developed planning thought process, neither of which I believe an animal possesses. The simple word "kill" seems the most appropriate. The end result is the same whether the animal intended to or not.
Wade

shanimackaway said...

would like to thank u for posting these photos the mean a great deal to me as the keeper carl (joseph carl) mackaway is my great grand father!! yes this is the elephant that murdered someone after that someone better them with an iron hook!!!! which my grand father was arressted for as they believed he could stop the incident happening due to the very close bond he had with his girls!!!

Unknown said...

Queeny was the one the killed when she reteliated and killed a cruel trainer

Les Ralph said...

I believe it was Queeny not Peggy that killed the trainer