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3 US circus elephants make a break for it

St Charles: What’s better than a bull in a China shop? Three cows in a parking lot — elephant cows, that is. The trunked trio — all circus stars in St Louis, Missouri — found a way out of their enclosure on Saturday and went for a stroll.


Stampede in the carpark: One of the elephants (circled) in the carpark, damaged cars and broke mirrors off a car. Fortunately, no one was injured

Eyewitnesses said that loud noises from circus goers had spooked the elephants, and they fled.



But the three only made it to the parking lot, where they dinged cars and were eventually rounded up by their handlers, according Dennis Burkholder, spokesman for St Louis’ Shriners.

The parking lot belongs to them, and the elephants may well, too — they work for the Moolah Shrine Circus, where they strut their stuff on their hind legs under the big top to earn their keep.

Burkholder said the parking lot is private and not accessible to the public.

The damaged cars belong to circus employees or Shriners — whom the circus website describes as men in ‘funny red hats, who drive little yellow cars, dress like clowns.’

Sally Schmiz, a witness to the event, said, “Things started shaking, When I looked up I saw three elephants coming toward us. These huge elephants literally went through these huge RVs.”

She added, “They then went through two trucks breaking mirrors off, and panels off and breaking the windows.”

Police said they also damaged the venue’s loading door.

According to authorities, no one else was hurt during the incident.

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