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Monday, March 24, 2014

Spooked Elephants Break Loose from St. Charles Circus

Posted By on Mon, Mar 24, 2014 at 8:00 AM

click to enlarge "Hey, wait up for me! I wanna bust outta here, too." - DOUG ANDERSON ON FLICKR

The crowd at the Moolah Shrine Circus was too much for three pachyderm pals Saturday afternoon.

Loud noises spooked the circus elephants, who made a break for the employees-only parking lot, damaging several cars and trailers, witnesses told KSDK NewsChannel 5.

No people or animals were injured during the escape. Most of the circusgoers were inside the show when the elephants broke out.

See also: Elephants Stroll The City, Humane Officials Jog Along

Trainers rounded the elephants up after about 45 minutes, and circus organizers released a statement saying "they are now resting comfortably in their compound at this time."

"We saw all these people running after them, and they were all screaming 'Stop, stop,' and several of the circus people were trying to run alongside them," onlooker Karyn Tunnicliff says, according to KSDK. Other eyewitnesses say trainers used food to tempt and tame the trunked turncoats.

See also: St. Louis Animal Rights Advocates to Protest Elephant Abuse at Ringling Bros. Circus

The elephants were back in the show Sunday.

And since everyone loves a story about a gang of circus runaways, the elephants' story spread across international media over the weekend, popping up on CNN, the Guardian, International Business Times and NBC News.

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