It’s Halloween! Do You Know About These Famous Animal Graves?
In the spirit of Halloween, we present you with the graves and memorial sites of some of the most amazing animals of all time. In between the trick-or-treating and the outrageous costumes, take a moment to remember these well-known animals who have given us so much in the form of inspiration, imagination or entertainment. These Halloween spirits aren’t spooky at all — they are awe-inspiring and heartwarming and remind us of why we love animals every day of the year.
If ever a dog was deserving of a memorial and a pause for remembrance this All Hallow’s Eve, it would be this loyal little Skye Terrier. A memorial to Bobby stands in Edinburgh, Scotland, near the churchyard cemetery where his beloved master, Constable John Gray, was laid to rest in 1858. For the next 14 years, the little Terrier stood watch over his owner’s grave until the dog’s own death in 1872. A baroness was so taken with his tale that she had a stone memorial constructed to forever honor Bobby’s loyalty. His story was even made into a 1961 Walt Disney movie.
Elsa the Lioness
This is the feline face that almost single-handedly launched the modern wildlife conservation movement and focused attention on the plight of Africa’s big cats. Joy Adamson’s book about Elsa was turned into a movie, Born Free, which in turn produced a popular song. Even if you’re too young to have seen the 1960s-era movie, chances are you’ve heard the lyrics to the song while standing in an elevator somewhere. Elsa is buried in Meru National Park in Kenya, not far from where she was born and ultimately "lived free."
One of the most famous racehorses who ever lived, the great Secretariat won the Triple Crown with a 30-length lead in the 1973 Belmont Stakes. While he was alive, thousands trekked to Claiborne Farm in the heart of Kentucky’s bluegrass country to pay him homage. To this day, many still visit the farm to see the champion’s simple gravestone and to reflect on his inspiring career.
Pete the Pup
Perhaps the world’s best ambassador for the Pit Bull breed, in the 1930s Pete the pup was the famous sidekick of The Little Rascals in all of their “Our Gang” outings. With his black-ringed eye and helpful nature, Pete warmed his way into the hearts of dog lovers everywhere. Today this engaging and loyal pup is buried in the Los Angeles Pet Memorial Park in Los Angeles, Calif.
Elsie the Cow
In the 1940s, Elsie, the bovine spokesperson of the Borden Dairy Co., had higher name recognition among the American people than President Truman. The sweet-tempered Jersey cow, who sported the breed’s trademark big brown eyes, traveled across the country in her own specially outfitted airplane. While she was played by no less than 49 Jersey milk cows during her long tenure, one of the most famous was You’ll Do Lobelia. Her grave marker can be found in Plainsboro, N.J., with the inscription noting that this lovely bovine lady was “One of the Great Elsies of Our Time.”
Smokey the Bear
For years, Smokey the Bear has reminded people, “Only you can prevent forest fires.” Chances are, you easily recognize this famed animal's image and words. The real-life Smokey was discovered as a cub clinging to a tree after a forest fire in Capitan, N.M. He lived for 26 years at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. Upon his death in 1976, he was returned to the Smokey Bear Historical Park in New Mexico where he was found, and his grave can be visited by the public.