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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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bocavert April 04 2014 at 1:07 PM

There will always be morons with guns who will want to shoot big game or whatever they delude as being an advisary, threat or situation that they can get away with. To take a working animal like Carol the elephant, a trained Bear or a pet and to remove it from a long stable environment is like giving a death notice. If PETA was really doing it's mission or job it would be prosecuting those who actually do harm to another living species including some of the members of PETA. .

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francesrea1 bocavert April 04 2014 at 2:27 PM

If you actually knew anything about PETA, except what you hear 4th hand, you'd know they spend the majority of their time and contributions trying to prosecute animal abusers who, 9 times out of 10, are also abusing other humans...the other voiceless humans..children! Trust me, lawyers aren't gonna prosecute for free out of the goodness of their hearts. I'm sure it's too gruesome for you to visit their webite to see what they're actually working on. You're weak of mind and spine...you would definitely throw up. So just continue to criticize what you have never actually read about or looked at.

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mountainlora April 04 2014 at 10:33 AM

To everyone who insists that elephants should only be in their natural habitats, please research what that is now. I agree that would be true, if it were 150 years ago and they really did just live their lives in peace. But our world has grown so commercial, that elephants (along with many other animals) now find their natural habitat smaller and smaller, and conflicts with farmers and loggers and civilization is resulting in their being shot as "nuisances" and "dangers". Even on so-called protected lands, the black market for everything from tusks to bones for oriental medicines creates huge poaching organizations.

It won't be long until many of our children won't have ever even seen an elephant. At least some children now see her and realize how very intelligent these animals are. I'm mostly saddened that they didn't at least wait to bring her back until they weren't at the exact same spot where she was shot.

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malymal18 mountainlora April 04 2014 at 11:20 AM

So the humans need to move away. Let the wildlife have their land back.
Humans are just plain greedy. They care only for their comfort and what they can get to satisfy their pockets...

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dawneeg April 04 2014 at 10:00 AM

My God, why won't these people that abuse animals for money stop? (And in asking I've answered my own question. Money.)

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Marilyn April 04 2014 at 10:04 AM

Once they've identified the perpertrater he or she should be a permanent fixture in the circus. Let that person perform for years on end and allow "Carol" to retire in the peace she so deserves. Or perhaps the shooter should be shot! But let "Carol" have a chance at a real 'elephant life.' She deserves it more than the shooter.

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Benji2264 April 04 2014 at 8:06 AM

someone at some point will open there mouth and tell about the shooting which in turn should result in finding the perps who did this.

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la231 April 04 2014 at 1:25 PM

They seem not to want to retire Carol bc this elephant makes the owner(s) money. Just wrong and sad!!!!!!

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Jeffrey Hardman la231 April 04 2014 at 1:29 PM

As long as people pay to go to the circus, she will be working...

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la231 Jeffrey Hardman April 04 2014 at 2:04 PM

Really, that has nothing to do w/retiring Carol. Ppl aren't just going to the circus to see Carol, geez.

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chuck April 04 2014 at 1:19 PM

i hope the bastard that shot her gets the same some day.

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traysteph23 April 04 2014 at 6:59 AM

Wow, I never heard about this. I hope with a 34,000 reward, someone will step forward if they know something. I do not believe in animals in the circus anyway, so whether she was shot or not...
That is just my opinion, so I do not attend circuses. But, not the point here. I am glad she is recovered, and I hope they find the jerk who shot her.

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eddieturk515 April 04 2014 at 11:52 AM

Oh and I wish I knew who shot her I would be 34,000 dollars richer. They deserve to go to jaiol and not pass go......

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