Police in Tupelo, Miss. are searching for the gunman who wounded “Carol,” a Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus elephant, in a drive-by shooting.
The 39-year-old Asian elephant was shot outside the Tupelo BancorpSouth Arena Tuesday at around 2 a.m., arena spokesman Kevan Kirkpatrick said.
The elephant wasn’t seriously injured, circus spokeswoman Melinda Hartline said, adding that the elephant will be taken to Missouri, where it will undergo a few weeks of treatment in what is expected to be full recovery.
No other animals were impacted in the attack, Hartline said. Tupelo Police Captain Rusty Haynes said the investigation will move forward as a federal offense, citing the Endangered Species Act, because the elephant is considered endangered.
PETA is offering $5,000 for info leading to the conviction of those involved in the shooting.