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Escaped elephant in Holyhead
« on: Monday 15 May 2017, 2010 »
Reading the BBC webpage I was amazed to read the following:

"Even elephants sometimes went missing, though they could usually be found in the vicinity of the nearest pub. In 1854 an elephant disappeared from Batty's menagerie in Holyhead and was gone for nearly 24 hours. It was eventually discovered in a hotel cellar, surrounded by empty wine bottles."

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-39799098

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Re: Escaped elephant in Holyhead
« Reply #1 on: Monday 15 May 2017, 2017 »
Obviously this raises more questions.  I have found the answers for you.

The menagerie was owned by William Batty born 1801 died 1868.  Of course the real question is...  Which local pub in Holyhead did the errant pachyderm frequent?

http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/nature/philadelphia-zebras-six-great-animal-escapes-of-the-victorian-era-a6737871.html
"You’d think it would be difficult to lose an elephant. But that is exactly what happened in Holyhead, Wales, when Batty’s menagerie was visiting the town.

One Wednesday evening, after the performance, the menagerie’s elephant was “safely lodged” in a stable close to the George hotel and left for the night.

When the keeper returned to the stable the following morning, however, he found “to his great astonishment”, that it had disappeared. A frantic search ensued, but there was no trace of the elephant. In the afternoon it was discovered “lying fast asleep in a wine cellar of the hotel”, surrounded by empty bottles of wine!"

I never knew that!  I'd love more details, but sadly that is all I can find.

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Re: Escaped elephant in Holyhead
« Reply #2 on: Monday 15 May 2017, 2215 »
Regrettably, I'm afraid that the only question that came to mind on reading this was: was the owner of the menagerie related to Nora Batty ... ?

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Re: Escaped elephant in Holyhead
« Reply #3 on: Tuesday 16 May 2017, 1119 »
What a fascinating story!

Mind you from what I recall of the George I'm surprised the elephant didn't try and make it to a more salubrious establishment.
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Re: Escaped elephant in Holyhead
« Reply #4 on: Wednesday 17 May 2017, 1013 »
and...how did it uncork the wine"?

Possibly an Inspector Gadgetesque trunk, equipped with all sorts of Swiss Army knifeness.
And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.

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Re: Escaped elephant in Holyhead
« Reply #5 on: Wednesday 17 May 2017, 2353 »
Oh! Reenie tusk, tusk.
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Re: Escaped elephant in Holyhead
« Reply #6 on: Thursday 18 May 2017, 1437 »
Do you suppose it was African or Indian wine?
And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.

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Re: Escaped elephant in Holyhead
« Reply #7 on: Thursday 18 May 2017, 1545 »
Is any of this connected with the rumour that Llainy has stopped using that elephant repellant aftershave?
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Re: Escaped elephant in Holyhead
« Reply #8 on: Friday 19 May 2017, 1333 »
Is any of this connected with the rumour that Llainy has stopped using that elephant repellant aftershave?

Maybe ... but I think the FBI and the CIA were working to hush it up ...

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Re: Escaped elephant in Holyhead
« Reply #9 on: Friday 19 May 2017, 1508 »
I think this is possibly the most interesting that has has ever happened in Holyhead - even more diverting than the time a seagull ate an ice cream and then the hooter went off.
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