Circus Elephant Target Of Drive-By Shooting In Mississippi


Apr. 10 2013, Published 8:44 a.m. ET

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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.

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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.

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