1UP – Rache für Tuffi – Schwebebahn Wuppertal

Tuffi (born in 1946 in India, died in 1989 in Paris) was a female circus elephant that became famous in Germany during 1950 when she accidentally fell from the Wuppertal Suspension Railway into the River Wupper underneath.

On 21 July 1950 a circus director had Tuffi, then four years old, travel on the suspended monorail in Wuppertal, as a marketing gag. The elephant trumpeted wildly and ran through the wagon, broke through a window and fell some 12 metres (39 ft) down into the River Wupper, suffering only minor injuries. A panic had broken out in the wagon and some passengers were injured. They managed to get the elephant out of the water. Both the circus director and the official who had allowed the ride were fined.

Tuffi was sold to Cirque Alexis Gruss (fr) in 1968; she died there in 1989.

 

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