Save Ziggy the Elephant – Chicago Tribune

Thanks to pennies and dimes from schoolchildren, Ziggy the elephant was released from its indoor enclosure at Brookfield Zoo in August 1971 after being chained to a wall for 30 years. Ziggy’s confinement stems from an attack that nearly claimed the life of zookeeper George Lewis on April 26, 1941. After the attack, in which Lewis jumped into a nearby ditch to flee, management from the zoo wanted to shoot Ziggy. Lewis asked for life imprisonment, inside, instead.

But in 1969, then-journalist Michael Sneed wrote an appeal on Ziggy’s behalf, creating pre-gofundme buzz for a new pachyderm enclosure. The Chicago community responded with mass donations.

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