Carol the Heffalump is shot

Apparently it was a drive by shooting.

Ringling Bros circus elephant recuperates from Mississippi shooting

Adam Gabbatt, The Guardian

Monday 15 April 2013 13.59 EDT

The Asian elephant was touring with Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus in Tupelo, when she was shot near the shoulder while relaxing in her enclosure. A suspect was witnessed fleeing the scene, and multiple agencies have contributed money in a bid to track him or her down.

“It was surreal, I just couldn’t believe it,” Carden said of the moment she realised Carol had been wounded. “I saw a hole in my elephant, and a trickle of blood running down her leg, and she was just standing there like nothing had happened.”

The Asian elephant is listed as endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and there are believed to be fewer than 50,000 left in the wild.

Carol has entertained crowds across the US during her career, but Carden said the elephant had no known enemies. Although two other elephants in the enclosure escaped unharmed, Carden ruled out the possibility of the gunman having a grudge against Carol specifically.


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  1. ek hornbeck
  2. terryhallinan

    Republicans aren’t too good on identification of animals though they often dress like cowboys.  My sister used to talk about the drugstore cowboys who wouldn’t know a horse from a billy goat.

    Best,  Terry

  3. ek hornbeck

    Certainly there was a gun involved and I suspect also some alcohol.

    Never a good combination.

  4. terryhallinan

    My uncle, who was a timber faller, went hunting with a group of loggers in the greatest deer hunting land in all the world. Funny how it was always the greatest deer hunting land wherever we lived.  Here we take down deer with cars.

    The men would go out hunting in the morning while the wives stayed in camp as they did those days.  The only deer killed was one that was running through camp and one of the women took it out with an axe.

    Maybe the buck had been drinking with the loggers and got confused over which home he was going to.

    Best,  Terry

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