Topsy’s Voice

“One of the biggest challenges is the dearth of information about Topsy,” writes Mary Holmes and Patricia Denys in “Topsy’s Voice: The Quest of Kim Stallwood” published in Animal Culture, the online, bi-monthly animal rights magazine. While briefly describing Topsy’s cruel treatment by the circus, they discuss my challenge in writing her biography.

I’m researching [I say in the article] what happened to elephants like her when she was alive to build a profile of her life. There will be some conjecture and speculation. I’m piecing together, from researching newspaper articles from that time, what happened to Topsy and elephants alive then, to write her life story.

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