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George’s Pet Shop: The elephant’s fate

On April 22, 1966, Karen O’Donoghue, 4, of Cheverly was ready to serve a bucketful of milk to this 4-month-old elephant when the latter arrived at George’s Pet Shop in Bladensburg.
On April 22, 1966, Karen O’Donoghue, 4, of Cheverly was ready to serve a bucketful of milk to this 4-month-old elephant when the latter arrived at George’s Pet Shop in Bladensburg.


2011-11-26 - Bladensburg, United States , John Kelly

As for elephants, George actually owned two over the years, baby Asian elephants that he purchased to rent out for political rallies, although a 1966 story in The Post said George was willing to part with his 4-month-old elephant from Thailand, for $5,000 to $6,000. One of the elephants was eventually sold to a traveling petting zoo called Jet’s. One was rented to a Republican convention where, Georgette said, it caught a cold. “Exotic animals are very, very frail,” she said. “It develop...



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