Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Circus occurrences

Incidences, which could have had tragic results, happened this month at 2 different circuses:
  • At the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus in Tupelo, Mississippi, an elephant was wounded in a drive-by shooting. Carol's trainer doesn't believe she was specifically targeted (she just happened to be the elephant closest to the street in the enclosure), but the act itself was deliberate and could easily have killed her rather than just wounding her shoulder. Several sources, including PETA, have offered a combined total of $37,750 as a reward for information leading to an arrest.
  • At the Isis Shrine Circus in Salina, Kansas, a tiger escaped briefly as it was being moved from the ring back to its enclosure. It slipped into the restroom moments before local resident Jenna Krehbiel and her 3-year-old daughter entered and allowed the door to close behind them. They found themselves a mere 2' away from the beast, but were quickly ushered out before they could panic.
Most endearing are the reactions of the kids in each instance. "We had a young child bring a bag of peanuts...and a bunch of them brought homemade cards for Carol," said arena spokesperson Kevan Kirkpatrick about the recovering elephant. Regarding the tiger confrontation, Krehbiel reports, "My daughter wanted to know if it had washed its hands."

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