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February 7, 2022

Baby Pushed by Elephant, circa 1956

In this photo from LIFE magazine, Kam the elephant is pushing Yvonne Kruse in her pram in London, where the Bertram Mills Circus, the UK’s largest postwar circus, was performing.


Yvonne’s parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents were animal trainers and circus performers, and Yvonne, now in her 60s, grew up traveling around Europe with the circus, and marrying a sixth generation circus performer, George Kludsky.

In the 1960s, Yvonne’s father, Gosta Kruse, was a glamorous circus superstar, but attitudes toward circuses and performing animals have changed considerably since then. Yvonne Kruse Kludsky has recently been accused of animal cruelty by the animal rights group One Voice.




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