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Trivia Tuesday: Elephant eats Memphis girl's clothes

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The elephant house was among the first buildings erected at the zoo. Photo created by Poland via Memphis & Shelby County Room. The elephant house was among the first buildings erected at the zoo. Photo created by Poland via Memphis & Shelby County Room.
The zoo's current elephants reside in the African Veldt. Photo via Memphis Zoo. The zoo's current elephants reside in the African Veldt. Photo via Memphis Zoo.
Thousands visit the Memphis Zoo each year to see the elephants. Photo via Memphis Zoo. Thousands visit the Memphis Zoo each year to see the elephants. Photo via Memphis Zoo.
MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC) - An elephant ate a young Memphis girl's clothes this week in 1912.

After a group of boys pushed her into the Overton Park pool—which ceased to exist around 1979—she ran to the nearby elephant house. The girl's sister brought her dry clothes, that an elephant ate as the shivering child attempted to change.

According to G. Wayne Dowdy's compilation "On this Day in Memphis History," the zoo's first elephant, named Margaret lived in Memphis until 1926. Zoo keepers and officials later traded her for two Asian elephants, who later broke free into the Rhodes College campus.

The elephant house was among the first buildings erected at the zoo and was completed in 1910; it now serves as the zoo's education building.

The zoo's current elephants reside in the African Veldt with giraffes, gazelles and others; the pachyderms stay in their own enclosure.

African elephants are the largest living animals. Their ears, shaped like the continent, differentiate them from their cousins the Asian elephant, the Memphis Zoo's website explains.

The Memphis Zoo continues to give a home to three female African elephants: Tyranza, Gina, and Asali. They can eat as much as 170 pounds of hay in one day.


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