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Circus Elephants Escape, Cause Damage

KSAL StaffMarch 23, 2014

Authorities say three elephants escaped from their handlers at a circus in Missouri and damaged several vehicles in the parking lot before they were recaptured.

The female elephants escaped from the the children’s ride section of the Moolah Shrine Circus at the Family Arena in St. Charles.

The circus issued a statement saying the handlers were able to occupy the animals and that “they are now resting comfortably in their compound at this time.”

Police say that the animals also damaged the venue’s loading door.

Last year in Salina a tiger briefly escaped inside the Bicentennial Center a during a Saturday evening performance of the Shrine Circus. After the big cat escaped briefly while performing, staff members blocked off all entrances where the public could come into contact with it. The tiger wandered into a bathroom, though, and a woman used a door to the bathroom that hadn’t been blocked off. She encountered the tiger, stayed calm, and walked out. The tiger was returned to its cage a short time later. No one was injured

Back in 1920, in an infamous incident, a circus elephant escaped in Salina and had to be killed. An elephant named Snyder got loose on September 13th, 1920, and went on a rampage. He was first given a lethal injection of potassium cyanide, and later was shot by cadets from St. John’s Military School.

Snyder the elephant was shot after escaping in Salina and going on a rampage.

Snyder the elephant was shot after escaping in Salina and going on a rampage.

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