The first bomb dropped on Berlin in WWII killed the only elephant in the Berlin Zoo.

June 16th, 2010. Tags: , , , .

The bombing toll on domestic pets and farm animals is never spoken of, but it was a slaughter of momentous proportion. Horses burned alive at various stud farms, cattle were blown into pieces, sheep literally cooked in the fields and thousands of pets were lost, lamed, blinded, orphaned and even eaten out of desperation. Whole species of birds and butterflies vanished. For zoos it was hellish. Famous animal trainer, Otto Sailer-Jackson ran the Dresden Zoo watched in horror as a wave of bombing set the zoo ablaze.

The zoo in Munich was likewise attacked and nearly destroyed. Adji, the first African elephant born in the Munich zoo, died under American bombing in the year 1943 along with several other animals. The Hamm zoo was another victim in 1944. On November 2, 1944, the Düsseldorf zoo, damaged during previous attacks, was left with hardly a wall standing and over 200 bomb craters.

The very first bomb that the Allies dropped on Berlin in World War Two killed the only elephant left in the beautiful, world famous Berlin Zoo. On November 26-27, 1943, British Blockbuster bombs freed a number of wild animals from Berlin’s zoo and several large and potentially dangerous animals.

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One Response to “ The first bomb dropped on Berlin in WWII killed the only elephant in the Berlin Zoo. ”

  1. voodoo_science voodoo_science says:

    This assertion is completely false: “The first bomb dropped on Berlin in WWII killed the only elephant in the Berlin Zoo.” (Although it does rhyme!)

    There were at least 8 possibly 9 elephants in the Berlin Zoo at the time. There is a death record for 8 of them on 11-22-1943. 7 of them were killed directly as a result of the 11-22 through 11-23 1943 bombing raid. One of them escaped after the raid damaged the zoo and was later shot.

    The first bombing raids on Berlin took place 11-18 through 11-19 1943. There were 444 bombers on this raid. So not only did the first bomb not kill the elephants, there were so many bombers and the targeting was so imprecise that nobody really knows what the first bomb hit. But it is known that it was during the second raid that the elephants were killed.

    The elephants killed during this raid were named: Wasti, Aida, Jenny II, Indra, Taku II, Birma, Toni III and Lindi

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