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Chilling photo of an elephant in US being hanged to death

New Delhi: In the early 1900s, it wasn't uncommon for humans to use  technological prowess for the express purpose of torturing the hell out of animals.  In one particularly mind-boggling incident, a five-ton circus elephant

India TV News Desk [ Updated: February 20, 2014 6:39 IST ]
chilling photo of an elephant in us being hanged to death
chilling photo of an elephant in us being hanged to death

New Delhi: In the early 1900s, it wasn't uncommon for humans to use  technological prowess for the express purpose of torturing the hell out of animals.  


In one particularly mind-boggling incident, a five-ton circus elephant named Mary was condemned to death by hanging after her owners nixed executions by firearms, dismemberment, and electrocution.

Only a few days after being hired, September 12, 1916, Red Eldridge, a hotel worker hired as assistant elephant handler, led Mary to a pond to for a drink and to splash around.  

On the way to the pond Mary bent down to eat part of a watermelon. Eldridge, being impatient, prodded Mary behind the ear with a hook. Mary went into a rage.  

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