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Winifred is an elephant who appears in Disney's 1967 film The Jungle Book and its related media. In the film, she is the wife of Colonel Hathi.


Winifred is a female Indian Elephant. She is a member of Colonel Hathi's jungle patrol and appears to be one of the only female members, though this may be because she is married to Hathi. Unlike many mothers seen in Disney films, Winifred is snarky and sarcastic, never hesitating to remind Hathi of his faults. However, she is shown to be caring for others, caring enough for the lost Mowgli's welfare that she is willing to convince her husband to initiate a search party for the man-cub. Together, she and her husband have one son, Hathi, Jr., who comes to be friends with Mowgli.


The Jungle Book

Winifred's appearances are during the two Jungle Patrol scenes in the film. In her first appearance, she is shown to march behind Hathi most of the time. However, upon stopping, she complains to a neighboring elephant about how her feet are aching due to her husband's constant marching. She participates in the inspection and is reprimanded for her back legs not being straight.

After the elephant herd leaves to resume their patrol, she asks Hathi if he's forgotten anything. Though the pompous Hathi insists he never forgets, Winifred notes that he's forgotten their son. Hathi orders an immediate about face and goes to scold his son for not leaving with the group. However, the rest of the herd, still marching, crashed into them.

Winifred appears later when Bagheera stops the herd in order to seek their help in finding Mowgli, who has run away. Hathi initially refuses, angering Winifred into breaking ranks in order to set him straight. She calls Hathi a "pompous old windbag", and compares Mowgli to their own son, whom Hathi would most certainly search for if lost. She threatens to overthrow Hathi and take over command if Hathi refuses to help in the search, much to Hathi's shock and disbelief. However, this, combined with an appeal from their son, convinces Hathi to help. Winifred is not seen individually after this, but it can be assumed she assisted the herd in the search.

While Winifred doesn't appear in The Jungle Book 2, fans believe that she might be among the herd when they form a line to prevent Baloo from going to the Man Village as well as when the herd stampedes into a cave to avoid the humans who have entered the jungle to search for Mowgli. Like the rest of her family, she does not appear for the rest of the film after that.

Jungle Cubs

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Winifred in Jungle Cubs

Winifred appears as a supporting character in Jungle Cubs. In this series, Winifred is a young domesticated elephant who has been separated from her herd by a fire. Soon after, she meets Hathi. In a lead up to the first film, the young Hathi develops a crush on her. It also is shown that she used to have brown hair. She appears only twice in both seasons and in the second season, her hair is a darker brown color and more clean.


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  • Verna Felton, Winifred's original voice actress, also voiced the matriarch elephant in Dumbo, which was her first Disney role. Ironically, Winifred was also Felton's final acting role ever due to her death before the film was released (a day before Walt Disney), therefore bringing her entire acting career full circle.
  • Winifred is not present in the original "Jungle Book" novel. Her character was conceived entirely by Disney for the film.
  • Winifred is the only female elephant in the entire herd. Ironically, in real life, most elephants are actually led by females instead of males, and males usually live alone.
    • This was even pointed out near the end when Hathi and his herd are trying to help Bagheera find Mowgli, and when Hathi refuses, Winifred threatens him by saying that if he doesn't help Bagheera, she will kick him out and take over as leader, causing Hathi to exclaim, "What?! A female leading my herd?! That's utterly preposterous!"

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Animated Films: The Jungle Book | The Jungle Book 2 | Video
Live Action Films: Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book | The Jungle Book: Mowgli's Story | The Jungle Book | The Jungle Book 2
TV Series: Jungle Cubs
Video Games: The Jungle Book | The Jungle Book Groove Party | The Jungle Book: Mowgli's Wild Adventure | The Jungle Book: Mowgli's Run
Music: Soundtrack | More Jungle Book... Further Adventures of Baloo and Mowgli
Books: Big Golden Book | Classic Storybook | Disney's Wonderful World of Reading | Golden Sight 'n' Sound Book | Little Golden Book | The Strength of the Wolf is the Pack | Mowgli's Rainy Day

Disney Parks

Animated film: Disney's Explorers Lodge | Disney Animation Building | Garden of the Twelve Friends | It's a Small World | Rhythm of the Jungle
Live action: The Jungle Book: Alive with Magic
Entertainment: Animagique | Celebrate the Magic | Disney's Believe | Disney's Wishes | Disney Classics: The Music & The Magic | Disney Dreams! | Disneyland Forever | Fantasmic! | Festival of Family & Friends | It's Party Time... with Mickey and Friends | Journey into the Jungle Book | La Forêt de l’Enchantement: Une aventure musicale Disney | Mickey and the Magical Map | Mickey and the Wondrous Book | One Man's Dream | One Man's Dream II: The Magic Lives On! | Tree of Life Awakens
Restaurants: Colonel Hathi's Pizza Outpost
Shops: Adventureland Bazaar
Parade: Disney Magic on Parade | Disney Stars on Parade | Flights of Fantasy Parade | Jubilation! | Mickey's Soundsational Parade | The Wonderful World of Disney Parade
Halloween: Happy Hallowishes


Original: Mowgli | Baloo | Bagheera | King Louie | Shere Khan | Kaa | Colonel Hathi | Winifred | Hathi, Jr. | Buzzie, Flaps, Ziggy, and Dizzy | Akela | Rama | Shanti | Raksha | Wolf Pups | Wolf Council | Jungle Patrol | Flunkey | Bandar-log
Deleted characters: Rocky the Rhino | Buldeo | Tabaqui
Sequel: Ranjan | Ranjan's father | Messua | Shanti's mother | Lucky
Rudyard Kipling's Jungle Book: Grey Brother | Nathoo | Kitty Brydon | Colonel Geoffrey Brydon | Sergeant Claibourne | Dr. Julius Plumford | William Boone | Sergeant Harley | Buldeo (1994 Film) | Tabaqui (1994 Film) | Lt. John Wilkins | Indian Bandits | Alice, Rose, and Margaret
Jungle Cubs: Arthur and Cecil | The Croc | Mahra | Benny and Clyde | Ned, Jed & Fred | Mungo | Leah | Cain | Red Dogs | Winifred's Uncle | McCoy | Dictator Turtle | Whitehood
House of Mouse: King Larry


Jungle | Ancient Ruins | Man Village | India | Asia


Original: "Colonel Hathi's March" | "The Bare Necessities" | "I Wanna Be Like You" | "Trust in Me" | "That's What Friends are For" | "My Own Home"
Deleted songs: "Brothers All" | "The Song of the Seeonee" | "Monkey See, Monkey Do" | "I Knew I Belonged to Her" | "In A Day's Work" | "The Mighty Hunters"
More Jungle Book: "Baloo's Blues" | "Jungle Fever" | "If You Wanna See Some Strange Behavior (Take a Look at Man)" | "It's a Kick"
Jungle Cubs: "Take Your Sweet, Sweet Time" | "Jungle Cub Love"
The Jungle Book Groove Party: "The Jungle's No Place for a Boy" | "Join the Ranks" | "Go Bananas in the Coconut Tree" | "A Mood for Food" | "We Are the Vultures" | "Run" | "A Brand New Day"
Sequel: "The Jungle Rhythm" | "W-I-L-D" | "Right Where I Belong"

See Also

Disney Sing Along Songs: The Bare Necessities | Who Framed Roger Rabbit | TaleSpin | House of Mouse | Disney's Jungle Boogie

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