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Jumbo free pdf "Jumbo" is the wonderful, colourful biography of the greatest elephant ever known, Jumbo (from whom we get our word). Born in Africa in 1863, Jumbo was orphaned by ivory-hunters, "rescued" and taken to France. Mistaken for a runt, he was sold to London Zoo, where he became the favourite of the British populace, from Queen Victoria to the young Winston Churchill - until, talent-spotted by the American circus-owner P. T. Barnum, and despite public outcry and Royal protestations, he was taken across the Atlantic to New York. There, having once more conquered public hearts and now a beast of giant proportions, among other exploits he "befriended" a smaller elephant, Tom Thumb - in saving whose life he was to meet a tragic end (involving a railway line and a fast - for 1885 - train...) The book not only unravels the story, but also looks at Jumbo from a zoologist's point of view. Why was he thought to be a runt? What helped or hindered him in adapting to unfamiliar surroundings from one hemisphere of the globe to the other? How was he likely to have reacted to the overwhelming public attention - and to isolation from his natural habitat? The author draws illuminatingly on modern knowledge of elephant behaviour and biology to shed light on the mysteries surrounding Jumbo's life.

About Paul Chambers

PAUL CHAMBERS is a writer and TV producer, whose previous titles include A Sheltered Life, a history of the giant tortoise, Bones of Contention and The Cock Lane Ghost. He lives in Hertfordshire.

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Author : Paul Chambers
Publisher : Andre Deutsch Ltd
Data Published : 01 October 2007
ISBN : 0233002227
EAN : 9780233002224
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 232 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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