Zoo elephant killed by firing squad

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An elephant, housed in a small indoor cage in a zoo, is killed by a firing squad. The front rank kneels, the rear rank stands; smoke rises from their guns, and the bullets strike splinters from the bars of the cage. Zoo officials stand by. This incident took place in 1848: Rajah, an elephant at Liverpool Zoological Gardens, trampled his keeper to death. An attempt was made to poison Rajah with prussic acid and aconite, but he suffered no ill effects, so a detachment from the 52nd Rifles was sent for to execute him.