Last chain on Billie : how one extraordinary elephant escaped the big top / Carol Bradley.

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    • Publication Information:
      First edition.
    • Abstract:
      Summary: Against the backdrop of a glittering but brutal circus world, Carol Bradley's Last Chain on Billie charts the history of elephants in America, the inspiring story of the Elephant Sanctuary and the spellbinding tale of a resilient elephant who defied the system even as she struggled to conquer her past, who never lost sight of the life she was meant to have.
    • Abstract:
      Summary: Left in the wild, Billie the elephant would have spent her days surrounded by family, free to wander the jungles of Asia. Instead, traders captured her as a baby and shipped her to America, where she learned to carry humans, stand on a tub and balance on one leg – the full repertoire of elephant tricks. For decades, Billie crisscrossed the country, dazzling audiences as she performed breathtaking stunts. But behind the scenes she lived a life of misery: traveling in trucks, chained for hours on end, barely able to move, giving eight-minute performances under harsh lights and to the sounds of blaring music. And worse.
    • Abstract:
      Summary: Finally, she got a lucky break. As part of the largest elephant rescue in American history, Billie wound up at a sanctuary for performing elephants in Tennessee, able once more to roam through open meadows and share her days with a herd. She would never be beaten again. But, overcome with anxiety, she withdrew from the rest of the elephants and refused to let anyone remove a chain still clamped around her leg. Her caregivers began to wonder if Billie could ever escape her emotional wounds. The compelling story of Billie’s battle to reclaim her old self is a testament to the intelligence, emotional complexity and remarkable strength of all elephants,
    • Content Notes:
      Capturing elephants -- Losing a family ; Tracking the elusive beasts -- Drawn to the big top ; Rounding up the elephants -- Learning the ropes ; Fooling the elephant -- One-legged stands ; Long voyage to America -- The Hawthorn Five ; Seesaws, grass skirts, and water skis -- Life on the road ; Forcing elephants to perform -- Acting out ; Block and tackle and chains -- A sanctuary takes shape ; Coercion, not kindness -- Trouble for Cuneo ; "Bad" elephants -- Space and silence ; Conquering an elephant -- The crackdown begins ; Going rogue -- Mired in bureaucracy ; Hollywood comes calling -- Setbacks in Illinois ; The tale of Baby Boo -- Caravan to freedom ; Big Mary's tragic fate -- The start of a new life ; The short life of Baby Hatch -- The conundrum of zoos ; The plight of Ziggy -- Spotlight on abuse ; A new wave of elephants -- Bad days, good days ; Chains, hooks, and hot shots -- Unchained at last.
    • Notes:
      Includes bibliographical references (pages 307-308) and index.
    • ISBN:
      9781250025692 (hbk.)
      1250025699 (hbk.)
    • Accession Number:
      2014008568
    • Accession Number:
      ocn857982356
      857982356
    • Accession Number:
      fay.419611
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      BRADLEY, C. Last chain on Billie : how one extraordinary elephant escaped the big top. [s.l.] : St. Martin’s Press, 2014. Disponível em: . Acesso em: 16 nov. 2019.
    • AMA:
      Bradley C. Last Chain on Billie : How One Extraordinary Elephant Escaped the Big Top. St. Martin’s Press; 2014. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.419611. Accessed November 16, 2019.
    • APA:
      Bradley, C. (2014). Last chain on Billie : how one extraordinary elephant escaped the big top. St. Martin’s Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.419611
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Bradley, Carol. 2014. Last Chain on Billie : How One Extraordinary Elephant Escaped the Big Top. St. Martin’s Press. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.419611.
    • Harvard:
      Bradley, C. (2014) Last chain on Billie : how one extraordinary elephant escaped the big top. St. Martin’s Press. Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.419611 (Accessed: 16 November 2019).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Bradley, C 2014, Last chain on Billie : how one extraordinary elephant escaped the big top, St. Martin’s Press, viewed 16 November 2019, .
    • MLA:
      Bradley, Carol. Last Chain on Billie : How One Extraordinary Elephant Escaped the Big Top. St. Martin’s Press, 2014. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.419611.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Bradley, Carol. Last Chain on Billie : How One Extraordinary Elephant Escaped the Big Top. St. Martin’s Press, 2014. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.419611.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Bradley C. Last chain on Billie : how one extraordinary elephant escaped the big top [Internet]. St. Martin’s Press; 2014 [cited 2019 Nov 16]. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.419611

Reviews

Booklist Reviews 2014 June #1

*Starred Review* Like the majority of captive elephants, Billie was captured as a calf, surfacing in the U.S. in 1966 as a four-year-old. After several years in a private zoo, she joined the circus, where she was trained to perform. Circuses are an extremely demanding environment for elephants, with constant travel from one town to another, multiple shows per week, and continuous noise. Although she learned difficult tricks and was a star, Billie rebelled and began to be known as a difficult elephant, gaining a reputation for attacking her trainers. Meanwhile, two former elephant trainers had grown disenchanted with circuses and the distorted lives that circus elephants lived, and they decided to found a sanctuary for former performing elephants in Tennessee. The story of how Billie got to the Elephant Sanctuary, and of how the sanctuary overcame the prejudices of both the circus and zoo communities, is both heartrending and uplifting. Full of details of the brutal life endured by performing elephants, of battles between Billie's owner and the U.S. Department of Agriculture over her ultimate fate, and of Billie's eventual adjustment to a life of freedom, Bradley's newest (after Saving Gracie, 2010) has produced a well-researched winner. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

PW Reviews 2014 June #2

Journalist Bradley (Saving Gracie) chronicles the bitter-sweet life of Billie, an Asian elephant abducted in the wild and forced into the cruel world of circus performing. In 1972 Billie was purchased by Chicago millionaire John Cueno Jr. for his exotic animal menagerie, and for decades hauled across the country to perform in circus after circus, working the "same mind-numbing routine." In 1996, when Billie and two other elephants finally enter retirement at one of Cueno's facilities, they are met with more dismal conditions. When Billie is finally relinquished in 2005, she is sent to the Elephant Sanctuary where former trainers Carol Buckley and Scott Blais begin the slow process of her mental and physical recovery. Interspersed throughout, Bradley recalls American history's most famous elephants, stories marred by tragedy, like Topsy, electrocuted by Thomas Edison in 1903, and Big Mary, hanged by a crane for killing a trainer in 1916. She concludes with the shady dealings of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey. The mistreatment of circus elephants, historically and presently, has been detailed elsewhere, but every animal's story is important and Billie's features a rare happy ending. (July)

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