Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Fact of the Day: Jumbo the Elephant

Jumbo the elephant was a popular elephant who originally went all over Europe, and also gave rise to the modern meaning to the English word "jumbo". Eventually Jumbo was owned by P.T. Barnum and his circus. However, a tragic accident mortally wounded Jumbo after a train hit him. P.T. Barnum made up a story that Jumbo died trying to lead a younger elephant to safety. 

9 comments:

Pat Hatt said...

Gotta love trying to cover one's butt.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

P.T. Barnum always put a spin on everything -- FAKE NEWS!

RO said...

OMG, that's so sad about what happened, and a shame about that lie! Hugs and Happy Wednesday. Be safe this weekend! RO

Birgit said...

I was always sad about Jumbo and he died about 2 hrs away from me.

Henny Penny said...

How very sad. I did not know that. Poor Jumbo.

happyone said...

Oh that is sad.

Martha said...

That is quite sad.

Huggybear said...

Well the "made up story" is nicer than what really happened to a very popular circus entertainer - Jumbo, the Elephant.

I guess the headlines of "POPULAR CIRCUS ELEPHANT KILLED BY TRAIN",
might have suited some??????????????
Really I'll settle for the "made up story" on this one.
Colin

Su-sieee! Mac said...

Poor Jumbo.