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Elephants Escape Circus, Damage Cars

    March 23, 2014
    Pam Wright
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How many circus clowns does it take to capture three elephants in a parking lot?

Not sure, but they needed quite a few to corral three elephants that managed to escape their enclosure Saturday at the Moolah Shrine Circus in St. Louis.

The pachyderms apparently found their freedom when loud noises from circus goers spooked the elephants, and they fled.

They didn’t get far… they only made it to the employee parking lot before handlers were able to round them up, according to Dennis Burkholder, spokesman for St. Louis’ Shriners.

One handler trying to corral the elephants wanted to tempt them with treats, circus goer Allie Tunncliff told KSDK. She manage to take a video clip of an elephant between cars.

“She yelled to one guy, ‘I need anything, just pretzels, any kind of food,’ ” Tunncliff said.

Burkholder said two cars were damage in a private, employee parking lot. The damaged cars belong to circus employees — or Shriners — whom the circus website describes as men in “funny red hats, who drive little yellow cars, dress like clowns.”

The elephants themselves were unhurt, but the circus gave them a a bit of a break for Saturday night’s performance, allowing them to rest after all the excitement, Burkholder said.

Needless to say, Twitter had a field day with the escape news.

Image via YouTube

  • lindy west

    If you were treated the way these poor animals in the circus arena are, you would be scrambling to get away as well.

    • JTravianDTeriusJacksonIII

      B.S. You are another brainwashed, public-school-trained useful idiot.

      • lindy west

        Ah perfect. When uninformed, just throw out useless, hateful name calling. I don’t have time, nor care to respond to nonsensical comments.. Why don’t you educate yourself before sending out trite, banal, empty statements. I am an educated and informed woman, with several degrees, including the effects of behavior modification of animals in captivity., …in several collective studies… I am informed and respected, and don’t need to waste my time with throwaway statements from someone like you.

        • JTravianDTeriusJacksonIII

          Here’s another two for you: stupid liberal

          • lindy west

            Careful, your lack of wittiness is showing. “Conservative” one. …SMH.

      • Jack

        B.S.? Really? You’ve heard that animals that perform in unnatural settings for long hours daily, like it? You must have gone to a really good school that taught you to speak to animals. Wish my college prep school taught me that or the University I went to. Should I ask for my money back?

        • JTravianDTeriusJacksonIII

          You must not have caught the part about the professors being liberal and you were nothing more than their subjects of communist indoctrination. Not too sharp, Jack. Besides, being a liberal, I’m sure you had someone else pay for your “education.”

    • TruthBeTold

      Boo hoo. Would you rather them be attacked by lions or hyenas in the jungle and be ripped to shreds? Typical liberal.

      • lindy west

        Yes, because anyone with an opinion must be a liberal, Way to bring Politics, yet again….ho hum into the conversation.

  • JTravianDTeriusJacksonIII

    Muchado about nothing. And, woman, get rid of those stupid rings.

  • Autmn1000 .

    I can’t believe we still have animals performing in circus. This is their way of telling us they want to be free!