Photo Courtesy of Billy Busch

Busch Family Shares Memories Of Beloved Grant's Farm Elephant

Billy Busch remembers the day his dad bought Bud in 1986.

March 20, 2018 - 3:22 pm

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Billy Busch and his family are remembering Bud the Elephant, who died at Grant's Farm over the weekend.
Busch, who until December helped run Grant's Farm, remembers the day his dad bought Bud in 1986.
"He was a 2-year-old elephant then, he stood about 3-and-a-half-foot tall, weighed around 300 lbs., 400 lbs., something like that," Billy told KMOX. "I got very involved with him and Mickey, the two elephants - Bud was the male, Mickey was the female - worked with them over the years and trained them for the shows out there."
Busch says he started bringing his children around in the 90s -- and they soon grew attached, too.

Maddie Busch

Here’s to the greatest elephant that ever lived. I am lucky to have grown up with this big boy who put a smile on my face every time I saw him. We spent so much time together and I am blessed to have many wonderful memories with him. He was truly the most special elephant and I can’t believe I had to say goodbye. I will always love you! Fly high Bud ❤️------ #rip

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Gussie Busch

I had to say goodbye to my Bud In December but didn’t think it would be forever. My dad raised this elephant and loved him like his own child. He was my brother. Bud and I grew up together and created some amazing memories, from letting me ride on his back all throughout the farm to splashing us in the pool. He was a 16000lbs gentle giant with a heart to match. I’ll miss Bud dearly and look forward to seeing him in the next life. Grants farm will never be the same. Rest In Peace big Bud.

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Grace Busch

I spent my whole life with this elephant and I can’t believe that he’s gone so soon. I’m so blessed for our time that we had together. I’ll never forget you big Bud. Thank you for the love and memories. #gobefree

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Bud died of a respiratory infection. Grant's Farm says it was sudden - weekly check-ups and routine veterinary testing didn't indicate an infection.