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Elephants escape circus in St. Louis leaving damaged cars

Mar 23 2014, 8:12pm CDT | by , in News | Other Stuff

Elephants escape circus in St. Louis leaving damaged cars
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Three elephants escaped a circus in Missouri. Thankfully, no one was harmed.

Three elephants from the Moolah Shrine Circus in St. Louis, Missouri escaped on Saturday at around 5:30 p.m. The pachyderms were scheduled to perform that night, but loud noises apparently irked them, causing the three to escape through the back door of the circus.

The elephants ended up damaging cars in the parking lot. Trainers were able to contain them after 30 minutes. Thankfully, no one was harmed.

People who saw the elephants were forced to stay inside their cars. One of the witnesses, Sally Schmiz, said that she saw the elephants coming toward them.

"These huge elephants lierally went through these RVs. Then they went through two trucks, breaking mirrors and panels off and breaking the windows," she tells KMOV.

Another witness, Karyn Tunnicliff, told KSDK that the trainers were panicking. "The trainer yelled to one guy, 'I need anything, just pretzels, any kind of food,' " she said.  

According to according Dennis Burkholder, a spokesman for Moolah Shrine Circus, the parking lot is privately owned and inaccessible to the public. The damaged belonged to circus employees and circus customers.

In a statement issued by the circus, it said that the "three elephants are now resting comfortably in their compound." Because of the incident, the Moolah Shrine Circus was forced to cancel the show. It will resume on Sunday. 

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