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The Original Jumbo

Animal keeper Matthew Scott succeeds in persuading African Bush Elephant, Jumbo (1861 - 1885) to walk through his travelling crate outside the Elephant House at London Zoo, 20th February 1882. Jumbo is to travel to the US in the crate after being sold to the PT Barnum circus. The elephant had been reluctant to enter the crate and only did so after three days of attempts. (Photo by London Stereoscopic Company/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

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Capturing the Courage - The Original Jumbo's Journey

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. In this photograph, taken on February 20th, 1882, we witness a pivotal moment in history as African Bush Elephant, Jumbo (1861 - 1885), reluctantly enters his travelling crate outside the Elephant House at London Zoo. Animal keeper Matthew Scott stands beside him, having succeeded in persuading this magnificent creature to take a step towards an uncertain future. Jumbo's fate is sealed as he prepares for an arduous journey across the Atlantic to be sold to the PT Barnum circus in the United States. However, it was not without great effort that Scott managed to convince Jumbo to enter the crate. Three long days of patient attempts were required before this gentle giant finally relented. The image captures more than just a mere transfer of ownership; it encapsulates a bittersweet moment filled with both trepidation and hope. Two men stand by their loyal companion, looking directly into the camera with determination etched upon their faces. As we gaze upon this historic scene frozen in time by London Stereoscopic Company's lens, we are reminded of humanity's complex relationship with nature. Jumbo becomes more than just an elephant; he becomes a symbol of resilience and adaptability amidst changing circumstances. This remarkable print serves as a testament to our ability to forge connections even when faced with daunting challenges. It invites us to reflect on our responsibility towards these majestic creatures who share our planet and reminds

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