Thursday, July 9, 2015
Translated: This skeleton is Betsy. Not even Jack. It is Chamba Circus Harry Malter (Heusden)
Audience favorite Betsy, who arrived at the zoo in 1855, died in the winter of 1887-88, after which she was offered at the Universities of Brussels and Ghent. Brussels was not interested because they had too many elephants and Ghent found it too expensive. The Company then decided to just keep the skull. It was later claimed that the university would have the skull Betsy: according to tradition, Betsy had a deformed jaw by eating too many cookies and univ indeed possesses a deformed elephant skull. Small detail: the skull of an African elephant and Betsy was an Indian elephant.
Why then this story? Archival research has shown that with the closure of the zoo, the university ca 1904 skull Betsy has acquired effective. That was decades in the Museum of Zoology preserved but was traded in 1985 for five other elephant skulls. Subsequent attempts to find Betsy's skull back wereunfortunately a dead end off. But! From the same archival research it has been found that along with the skull five cervical vertebrae were purchased. The only surviving material trace of Betsy is thus exhibited in the form of five cervical vertebrae in a metal cabinet in the Zoology Museum.
Translated: Cerf, Leeuwstraat, Buffalo Street, Alpaca Street: just remember the streets around the Muinkpark there that there ever was a zoo at the South Station.
The zoo closed its doors for lack of audience in 1904, and the animals were sold at public auction. It looked as if the elephant was given refuge in the circus, but to everyone's surprise, and perhaps not least that of the man himself, it was not the impresario but one Sieske Yeast Marchand made the highest bid.
Sies tried the elephant still to resell at a profit, but he was no longer off-wanted man in the circus do not pay enough? Whether he was scuffed just disgusted?
In any case: an elephant of course costs a lot in maintenance (! Food that does), and Sieske found nothing better than the beast to slaughter. Gaia would not like to have been: the Duts was strangled with a noose of steel cables!
Of the nearly two tons of dead elephant "fillets" were served at the Hotel Gambrinus in the Flanders Street, and the rest was ... turned into sossiesen. Tasty.
The above photo was sent to us by Arthur De Decker, who wonders:
This elephant was named as one source Betsie, and was therefore of the female sex, but according to another source he was Jack, which seems rather masculine.
My question: it was now or Betsy Jack was ceremonially consumed in 1904?
Betsie? Betsy? Jack? Jacob? Someone?
'ANYONE HAVE ANY THOUGHT'S OR IDEA'S? THE ONLY THING I AM SURE OF IS THAT THE ELEPHANT SKELETON IS INDEED AFRICAN, AS STATED, THE ELEPHANT IN THE PHOTOGRAPH IS FEMALE, AND IF THERE IS ANYTHING MORE FASCINATING AND INTERESTING THEN CAPTIVE ANIMAL HISTORY, I SURE DON'T KNOW WHAT IT IS. TO ADD TO THE MYSTERY, IF THERE WAS A JACK THIS IS MOST LIKELY HIM.'
Dieren in de stad
Posted by Wade G. Burck