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Bertha , The Elephant
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Birth: 1945, India
Death: Sep., 1999

BERTHA {The World's Most Talented Performing Elephant}

Bertha, John Asuaga's Nugget's own amazing elephant, has been the "biggest" star in the Reno area since 1962. She was born in India in 1945.

ASSOCIATED PRESS

SPARKS--One of Nevada's biggest showroom stars is dead at the age of 49.

Bertha, the Sparks Nugget's Performing Elephant, died Wednesday of old age and complications of arthritis.

Bertha, retired from performing last month and was scheduled for an evaluation today at the University of California at Davis.

She began performing at the Nugget in 1962, teamed with a smaller elephant--Tina at first and most recently Angel.

She has shared the stage with some other legends, like Tony Bennett, Debbie Reynolds, Carol Channing, Red Skelton and Liberace.

Nugget owner John Ascuaga said when she retired that she was part of the resort's family and would live at the Elephant Palace in the hotel casino's parking lot until her death.

{A Note, Tina was Bertha's Baby. Information from, Wikipedia}.

 
 
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Originally Created by: Beanie Ragan Adams
Record added: May 13, 2011
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- sniksnak
 Added: Jan. 29, 2016

- Love To Heaven
 Added: Sep. 13, 2015
My mother worked at the Nugget as a maid years ago.
- teresa curry
 Added: Aug. 30, 2015
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