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Belfast Zoo elephants set to be rehomed at new facility

2022-04-13 - Belfast, United Kingdom.

Two much loved elephants at Belfast Zoo are to leave for a new home the City Council has confirmed on Wednesday. Asian elephants Dunja and Yheeto – both in their 40s - are among the largest residents at the zoo. The article claims falsely the elephants were "rescued" from "from the circus and logging trade".


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Sheila is bathed by Denise Austin and her mother Irene in their back yard on Whitewell Rd

Baby elephant was taken into North Belfast home to save her from Nazi bombs

2020-12-29 - Belfast, Ireland. Sammy Edwards


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Baby elephant Sheila with Denise Austin at her home on Belfast

Story of how Belfast Zoo"s baby elephant was kept in backyard of home during Second World War Blitz to be made into film

2013-11-04 - Belfast, Ireland. CLAIRE MCNEILLY

The true story of a Northern Ireland woman who kept a baby elephant in her backyard during the Second World War is going to be made in to a £5m film. Denise Weston Austin – better known as the "elephant angel" – rescued the calf from Belfast Zoo and kept it at her home on the Whitewell Road in the north of the city when we were being bombed by the Luftwaffe in the 1941 blitz.


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Belfast to host opera of Sheila the elephant

2012-10-23 - Belfast, Ireland.

The younger woman is Denise Austin, a zookeeper at Belfast zoo, and this moment, now frozen forever in black and white, was some time in April or May 1941. The German bombing raids, which were to become known as the Belfast blitz, were bringing terror to the city - and not just to its human citizens. At Belfast Zoo, Denise was looking after Sheila, an Asian elephant, and she was becoming increasingly anxious about the stress the terrible night-time raids were having on her charge.


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Former Circus Elephants Due at Belfast Zoo

2009-04-02 - Belfast, United Kingdom. Margaret Canning

Belfast should brace itself as two retired circus performers pack up their trunks and make their way to the city’s zoo. Asian elephants, Jenny (48) and 32-year-old Dunja, left their home in Hanover Zoo, Germany yesterday for the three day journey to their new home in north Belfast. The Asian Elephant breeding programme recommended the zoo here as the best location for a placement for the ex-circus elephants. They are pictured bidding auf wiedersehen to their German friends, hopefully comforted...


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Sheila the elephant, along with Denise and her mother Irene in their backgarden in north Belfast

Zoo finds WW2 "elephant angel"

2009-03-26 - Belfast, United Kingdom.

The Second World War 'elephant angel' of Belfast Zoo has been found. During the Second World War, some of the zoo's more dangerous animals were killed in case the site was bombed and the animals escaped. Sheila the elephant escaped the order and found her way to the backgarden of Denise Austin, one of the first female keepers at the zoo.


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Sheila spent World War II in a north Belfast back garden

Who gave a home to elephant Sheila?

2009-03-23 - Belfast, United Kingdom. BBC NEWS

The search is on for the kind guardian who adopted a baby elephant and brought her up in her back garden in north Belfast during World War II. Sheila, the elephant, had luck on her side. Nine lions, two tigers and a number of bears and wolves were killed on the orders of the Ministry of Public Security because of fears that if a bomb hit the site of Bellevue Zoo, they would escape and pose a threat. But baby Sheila dodged the death list and was re-housed by a woman who lived near the zoo and kep...


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Goodbye Circus, Hello Belfast, As New Elephants Join Zoo

2009-01-23 - Belfast, United Kingdom.

One of Belfast Zoo's most iconic animals, 44-year-old Tina the elephant, will shortly be getting more company - some being former Big Top 'performers'. Tina is being joined by other non-breeding female elephants to enjoy 'retirement' and the Zoo has confirmed that some of the elephants arriving in Belfast will be from a 'circus background'.


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8 Headlines about Elephants from Belfast2022-04-13 - Belfast, United Kingdom - Belfast Zoo elephants set to be rehomed at new facility 2020-12-29 - Belfast, Ireland - Baby elephant was taken into North Belfast home to save her from Nazi bombs 2013-11-04 - Belfast, Ireland - Story of how Belfast Zoo"s baby elephant was kept in backyard of home during Second World War Blitz to be made into film 2012-10-23 - Belfast, Ireland - Belfast to host opera of Sheila the elephant 2009-04-02 - Belfast, United Kingdom - Former Circus Elephants Due at Belfast Zoo 2009-03-26 - Belfast, United Kingdom - Zoo finds WW2 "elephant angel" 2009-03-23 - Belfast, United Kingdom - Who gave a home to elephant Sheila? 2009-01-23 - Belfast, United Kingdom - Goodbye Circus, Hello Belfast, As New Elephants Join Zoo

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