Three Elephants Run Away From The Circus in Missouri

Three Elephants Run Away From The Circus in Missouri

Three elephants, apparently fed up with performing in the Shrine circus in Missouri, escaped from it on Saturday, and instead decided to roam around the parking lot, damaging several cars, reported Missouri State police. There were no injuries. The Shrine Circus released a press release that stated the elephant handlers were able to calm down the animals and they were now resting calmly inside their compound at the present time. The circus was in the town of St. Charles, Missouri, which is about 20 miles to the northwest of St. Louis.

Witnesses explained they believed the elephants became scared by loud noises and that was why they took off. One woman stated that she saw numerous people running after the elephants and that they were yelling for the animals to stop. There were also some of circus performers who were also attempting to run alongside them. The witness said she was inside an automobile just outside of the arena with her daughter when the elephants escaped. She added that a trainer was heard yelling that they needed pretzels, anything, just to get food.

The circus itself was still going on inside the area when the animals took off so the parking lot was basically empty. The elephants were out for around 45 minutes and ended up causing visible damage to two vehicles. Police also said the animals damaged the location’s loading door but were unable to confirm if any other automobiles or property had been involved.

It was later reported that the parking lot the elephants got into was a private one, and not one that was accessible to the public. The cars that received damage ended up belonging to employees of the circus itself or actual Shriners. Men that the circus website described as people who wore funny red hats, like to drive small yellow cars and dress like clowns.

A Missouri television station reported that the elephants were all three females and they had gotten out from the area of the circus that gave rides to kids. The pachyderms were said to have escaped from the circus around 5:30 p.m. CDT, stated a Shriner spokesperson. However, in proper circus tradition, the show went on, at least on Sunday. The elephants did not injury themselves, but after their strange and exhausting ordeal, the circus decided to give them a much needed and deserved break for the performance on Saturday night explained the circus spokesperson.

The three elephants were apparently fed up with performing in the Moolah Shrine circus in Missouri, and escaped from it on Saturday. They instead decided to roam around the parking lot, damaging several cars, reported Missouri State police. There were no injuries. The Shrine Circus released a press release that stated the elephant handlers were able to calm down the animals and they were now resting calmly their compound at the present time. The circus was in the town of St. Charles, Missouri, which is about 20 miles to the northwest of St. Louis when the elephants ran away.

By Kimberly Ruble

Sources:

USA Today

The Irish Independent

The Toronto Sun

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