Thursday, March 29, 2012

Elephant packs trunk and runs away from circus in Ireland

Shoppers in a Cork city suburb got a bit of a surprise when an elephant decided to wander around a retail carpark before charging up to a traffic junction. GardaĆ­ were called to the Blackpool area after the animal broke free from a nearby circus.

The circus is currently situated at the site of the old Sunbeam factory, which is just three minutes away. The Indian elephant appeared to be in quite belligerent form, refusing to be led by his keeper.

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A second circus employee soon drove down to the Blackpool Retail Park. He also tried unsuccessfully to get the elephant under control. One motorist contacted gardaĆ­, claiming the elephant had damaged his parked car as he tried to escape the two handlers.

Despite the efforts of the two circus employees, the elephant made another dash for freedom, running towards the nearby Blackpool Shopping Centre. The runaway was eventually stopped at the traffic lights and escorted back to the circus.

1 comment:

Krisz said...

I'm not fond of circuses, but good for them for not resorting to using a gun.