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Log Lady's avatar

Log Lady

ca_horror_fan wrote:
Wikipedia says Topsy the elephant was executed for killing her trainer, James Fielding Blount.

Blount was a spectator. An idiot who decided to harass the elephants, and when Topsy lashed out, the circus was probably just glad that the incident drew more crowds to see the killer elephant Topsy. When another attack occurred, Topsy was sold and its handler William Alt followed. Alt proved to be an utter ass (one time he stabbed the elephant with a pitchfork) and was eventually fired. The owners tried to get rid of Topsy, but no one wanted her so she was executed. There was an admission fee, which just goes to show that Topsy was used for money and publicity right up until the end.

An interesting, albeit sad, case of animal abuse, and one would hope that the situation has changed. Unfortunately, there are still elephant "shelters" where they are paraded in front of flock of tourists and beaten and tortured.
7 years 7 months ago
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Camille Deadpan

I'm never going to watch this piece.
8 years 11 months ago
beeswax's avatar


Why is this in the "narrative films" list from Harvard?

Shouldn't it be in their "non-fiction" list?
6 years 10 months ago
greenhorg's avatar


I don't support capital punishment for elephants. I do, however, agree we should keep the death penalty around for narwhals and spider monkeys.
9 years 10 months ago
Nuked's avatar


NuclearPlanet wrote:
There's a ten minute version aswell.

Yeah, but it's just the same thing that happens as in the other video only played in a loop of 9 or 10 times.
10 years 1 month ago
Local Hero -- aka MestnyiGeroi's avatar

Local Hero -- aka MestnyiGeroi

Appalling. Just depraved.
10 years 6 months ago
GremVendetta's avatar


I can live with never watching this ever.
6 years 10 months ago
ColinMorgan's avatar


fun fact: thomas edison was actual garbage
6 years 11 months ago
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few visible scars

I had heard about this incident happening (for UK readers - it was mentioned on QI),
I feel dissapointed with myself that I actually watched this...
8 years 7 months ago
HEMA's avatar


Disturbing indeed, especially when you realise that some countries kept up this practice until this very day.
10 years 6 months ago
EssexMutant's avatar


Who'd have thought it? Edison's a right twat.
10 years 6 months ago
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10 years 9 months ago
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Amy Adams

This is incredibly disturbing.
5 years 7 months ago
swhaze's avatar


Messed up...
6 years 2 months ago
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8 years 11 months ago

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