Monthly Archives: June 2012
over the last ten years I have had a curious interest in the death of a theatrical elephant. It has reached a peak now with a series of deaths of elephants curiously connected to my home town of dublin .
I hope to tell the the stories of these elephants and their various unfortunate deaths, but more importantly the curious relationship they had with people as sort of intelligent performers, friends and eventually enemies.
The first of these is the dissection of one elphant in the back alley of dublins Temple bar in 1681 (the inspiaration for my quest) . The subsequent autopsy puts dublin on the scientific map as Irelans first recorded dissection… and the series of new discoveries about elephants made by dr mullins and his team of butchers . The account of this event can be found online in a facismile of the account . Dr mullins anatomy of an elephant