Shot Elephant Returns: “Carol” Will Perform With Ringling Brothers And Barnum & Bailey Circus

    April 4, 2014
    Val Powell
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Carol, the circus elephant who was shot last year, returns to the ring in Tupelo, Miss. where the incident occurred. She will be performing with the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus.

The 40-year-old elephant was the victim of a drive-by shooting that occurred in April last year when Carol was on a tour with “The Greatest Show on Earth.” She was shot behind her ear. The elephant took off a few weeks from performing due to her injury. Carol has performed in several other shows after she recovered, but this is the first time that she will be returning back to the scene of the crime.

According to Steve Payne, the spokesperson for the circus, Carol is in great spirits. “She’s doing great – happy to be back in Tupelo, and happy to be back performing,” he said. The Asian elephant is said to be back to 100% health. There is no evidence of the injury, except for a minor scar on her shoulder.

According to authorities, the person responsible for the drive-by shooting has not yet been caught. However, the circus is working with local authorities to make sure that the incident does not happen again. The local law enforcement has increased security in the area.

To date, $33,750 has been raised as a reward for anyone who can provide a tip on the identity of the shooter.

According to Lt. Jerry Davis of the Tupelo Police, he is frustrated that the shooter has not yet been caught, but he is still hopeful that they will eventually make an arrest. He is also urging anyone to come forward, even with just a small detail regarding the shooting. “You might not think it’s that big, but it could be very helpful to us,” he said.

Caro’s trainer and owner, Cathy Carden, says that she is excited about going back to Tupelo and showing everyone how great Carol is.

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  • Sairy

    One of the most cruel shows in this country. I’m surprised people still pay to go and see a whole bunch of animals do tricks most people aren’t even capable of. What a shame.

  • gene clark

    Yeah, I’m sure she is so happy to be performing tricks, prodded with a bullhook behind the scenes, and riding train cars around the country and being tied to a stake when not on a train or performing dumb tricks for dumb humans. Like Bob Dylan sang in “Like A Rolling Stone”:

    “You never turned around to see the frowns on the jugglers and the clowns when they all come down and did tricks for you.”

    • Ana Morris

      Gene Clark, you are so my kinda person. Animals and Dylan. Friend me on FB.
      Heres one for Ringling.. ‘all the money you make can never buy back your soul”

  • Lsquared

    The poor elephant probably wishes the bullet HAD been a couple of inches closer to her vital organs. Disgusting that there are still people teaching their children this is “entertainment.”

  • Ana Morris

    I’d rather be shot dead, than be an elephant in Ringling Bros Circus. HEY GENERAL PUBLIC, WAKE UP! It is 2014,not 2014 BC. Animal suffering is not entertainment. Release all circus animals to sanctuary and wild.

  • http://burningbird.net Shelley Powers

    Carol should have a happy retirement in wide open lands of a sanctuary. Her circus experience has not been a good one: first, killing a circus worker; then being shot while sleeping at night.

    And she’s not “happy” to be back in the city or back performing. There is no happy elephant in circuses.