Famous water skiing elephant dies at Wild Adventures

Posted Wednesday, June 1, 2011 1:18 PM | Contributed by Jeff

A famous elephant who retired at Wild Adventures was euthanized Monday. Queenie spent the last 8 years of her life in retirement at the Valdosta theme park. Known as the World's only water skiing elephant, Queenie was one of the oldest Asian elephants in North America.

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Wednesday, June 1, 2011 3:00 PM

So was the elephant pulled behind a barge?

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Wednesday, June 1, 2011 3:28 PM
Carrie M.'s avatar

Liz Dane picked her out in a New York City pet store in 1953. She weighed 250 pounds and her family loaded her up in a Mercury to bring her back to New Hampshire.

Uhhhh..... ok.

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Wednesday, June 1, 2011 3:59 PM
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You can lead an elephant to water, but you can't make it ski. Wait, I've got that mixed up with something else.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011 4:26 PM

Anyone get a look at the reader comments? What possesses someone to respond to a story like this with the comment: : "GOOD! Stupid elephant."??

Last edited by Mike Gallagher, Wednesday, June 1, 2011 4:27 PM

The amusement park rises bold and stark..kids are huddled on the beach in a mist


Wednesday, June 1, 2011 4:51 PM
Vater's avatar

A sense of humor? Something the responder to that comment lacks...

"GOOD" What a terrible thing to say about such a wonderful animal.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011 5:47 PM
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An anti-elephantite.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011 7:14 PM
Rick_UK's avatar


Nothing to see here. Move along.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011 7:40 PM

Wow, That's more impressive than I thought! Elephants have about the same life expectancy as humans in the wild. For a captive elephant it must have been taken care of well to live that long.

Thursday, June 2, 2011 12:36 AM
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JoshuaTBell said:
about the same life expectancy as humans in the wild

Interesting, how long do humans in the wild live ;)

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Thursday, June 2, 2011 6:22 AM

As long as elephants in captivity.. I probably should've read that before I hit post ...


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