Circus Elephant Injured In Drive-By Shooting
I am fairly certain that we can file this under the most odd crime report ever:
TUPELO, Miss. — An elephant with the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus was injured in an early morning drive-by shooting Tuesday but is expected to make a full recovery.
The elephant, one of several performing with the traveling circus, was in an enclosure outside the BancorpSouth Arena when it was hit by a bullet in the shoulder, said the arena’s marketing director, Kevan Kirkpatrick. The shooting occurred around 2 a.m. Tuesday.
“We had have the circus once a year since 1995,” Kirkpatrick said. “Absolutely this is the first elephant shooting we had.”
A security guard on the scene was able to provide a description of the vehicle to the Tupelo Police Department, which is investigating, Kirkpatrick said. The police department didn’t immediately return a call for comment Tuesday morning.
The department has been in touch with state and federal wildlife authorities and, because the Asian elephant is an endangered species, the crime will be pursued as a federal offense under the Endangered Species Act, Haynes said.
Part of the price, I suppose, of being a wild animal livin’ in a Gangsta’s Paradise.