Ringling Brothers Circus elephant shot in drive-by shooting

An elephant with the Ringling Brothers Circus is expected to make a full recovery after getting hit by a bullet in a drive-by shooting.

She was shot Tuesday while the crew was setting up in Tupelo, Mississippi.

Police say leads are slim and they don't have a suspect.

The Ringling-Brothers Barnum and Bailey "gold edition" arrived Sunday night at Bancorpsouth Arena.

Crews worked all day Monday to set up this outdoor compound.

It's where circus employees live and where animals are housed.

Carol and two other Asian elephants were inside a covered tent when she was shot.

Tupelo Police Captain Rusty Haynes says a white or silver Ford Explorer, he's calling a "vehicle of interest" was seen behind the arena when the shooting happened.

"The elephant has sustained at least one bullet wound between her ear and, I guess you would have to consider it, the base of her neck area," said Haynes.

Arena Executive Director Todd Hunt says this is a "black eye" for tupelo.

Tuesday a veterinarian with the circus arrived to care for Carol, who weighs almost eight thousand pounds and has been with in the circus all her life.

While workers set the stage for a four day run, they say the show will go on.

More than $1,600 in reward money is being offered to find the person who shot Carol.

Vets say she will be okay.
 


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