As if life as a circus performer wasn’t degrading enough, a Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus elephant was shot early Tuesday morning in a drive-by shooting while asleep in front of Tupelo, Mississippi’s BancorpSouth Arena. Enclosed in an outdoor pen, the female elephant named Carol was hit between her ear and shoulder.
Elephants skin can be as thick as one inch, the bullet did not seem to do much damage to the animal as it was up and walking right after the incident. Bancorp released the following statement online, ‘Upon further evaluation the elephant is active, mobile and comfortable. She is being treated with medication and will be taken to Springfield, Missouri where she will remain under veterinary care over the next several weeks. Carol is expected to make a full recovery.’
Tupelo police think the gunshot was meant specifically for the animal with ‘malicious’ intent. No one has been arrested in connection with the shooting as an investigation is currently underway.