Shot Elephant Returns: “Carol” Will Perform With Ringling Brothers And Barnum & Bailey CircusBy: Val Powell - April 4, 2014
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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