From: Courier Press
'Two Elephants' documentary explores forgotten story of Evansville's first zoo elephant
EVANSVILLE, Ind. — Kay, Evansville's first zoo elephant, fan-fared though the city on June 14, 1929, at a parade attended by thousands.
The Asian elephant arrived from Burma and was an instant hit with Evansville residents. The zoo immediately hired a trainer, and the 5-year-old elephant astonished zoo patrons by performing circus tricks.
Newspaper reports first stated Kay was bright and happy to be at the zoo. Over time, Kay's described personality changed from happy to "playful" — but what they really meant by "playful" was really more dangerous. Kay was restless; she refused to sleep for days and shook her cage to the point where the sliding door rollers were dislodged.