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Elephant shot in drive-by returns to circus stage

Elephant Shot in Drive-by Returns to Circus Stage

An elephant is returning to what she does best a year after being attacked in a drive-by shooting.


Carol, the 7,535 lb. Asian elephant was hit by a single bullet last year when someone targeted her.

Coincidentally, 40-year-old Carol's first performance since the shooting was in the same place in Tupelo, Mississippi, where her terrifying ordeal occurred. WMC-TV explains what happened that night back in April 2013.

'A single bullet entered Carol's right side. A few inches lower or a few inches closer to her head and Carol could have died. After Carol was shot, she was taken to Missouri where she was treated.'

Carol returned to the ring Tuesday, and her handlers weren't the only ones on hand to celebrate.

WTVA says 'Tupelo first responders and a couple of bite-size heroes faced with long-term illness were, too. How does it feel to be a superhero? Awesome.'

Although Carol's circus family is excited to see her return, more than 16,000 people have petitioned for Carol's retirement.

The Change.org petition reads, 'Please sign this to show Ringling Bros that you are against them putting Carol on tour after she was just shot in a drive-by. This is the least they can do when these animals are out there performing their entire lives for the circus.'

The person who shot Carol still hasn't been identified, and Tupelo police say this case can't be solved without a tip. The reward for finding the person responsible stands at roughly $34,000.

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tedseals April 03 2014 at 10:54 PM

This is horrible! Thank God the elephant made it. But what kind of sick bastard drives around shooting at circus animals? Sure hope that person is caught and convicted.

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Benji2264 tedseals April 04 2014 at 8:08 AM

one must also wonder if they shoot at circus animals ...what else do they shoot at???

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louf1066 April 04 2014 at 2:45 PM

human beings suck...this just proves it

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heofunum April 04 2014 at 2:51 PM

Circus performers sold be people who can ELECT whether or not they want to perform. Performing animals are frequently abused in order to perfor,. Smaller circuses/local circuses with few monitors are particularly egregious when it come to treatment of animals. RETIRE HER, please.

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Carol April 04 2014 at 3:41 PM

Here in Albuquerque, New Mexico, animal control took an elephant and some other animas from a circus that was going thur our state. The animals were in really poor condition. Its been a while since that happened and I can't remember all the details about it but the animals were taken to the zoo here, and were nursed back to health. They are still there and doing quite well. I do know the circus tried to get them back and went to court, etc, and lost the case. There was a llama or two, I can't remember how many, and some other animals. They were found in a closed in trailer on a very hot day and some of the animals were dead and all of them were under weight and sick from not being taken good care of. Since then that circus and all others aren't allowed to perform here. I wish other states/ cities and towns would ban them too.

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Sister Black Carol April 04 2014 at 8:21 PM

Could you give us the name of the circus, so we can boycott that one also?

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Allan April 04 2014 at 3:44 PM

There are a lot of IDIOTS taking up space on the planet. Why would anyone with any decency shoo
t a circus elephant that is harming no one.

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Mary Beth April 04 2014 at 3:44 PM

I took my two teenage daughters to the circus a few years ago and they cried so much when they saw the animals and the way they live we had to leave.

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Connie April 04 2014 at 3:49 PM

I agree with putting her in retirement , unless she enjoys it. Some animals need to have something to do every day or they lose the ability to go on......

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Cathy April 04 2014 at 3:53 PM

I would turn them in For Free, Stupid Never has a Limit, Why Shoot This Animal?

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jamorrow April 04 2014 at 5:03 PM

I would like to start up a fund to buy this elephant from the circus and transport her back home to a wildlife center.

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bonschwein April 04 2014 at 4:07 PM

Elephants were not born to entertain people in captivity. Period!

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