Circus Elephant Injured ... in Drive-by Shooting
'Carol' is OK after getting hit with bullet in Tupelo, Mississippi
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 9, 2013 5:23 PM CDT
A file photo of Carol, the Ringling Bros. elephant that got shot in Tupelo.   (AP Photo/The Commercial Appeal, Brandon Dill)

(Newser) – Even animal-rights activists who hate the circus couldn't have dreamed up this potential pitfall: An elephant with Ringling Bros. was wounded overnight in a drive-by shooting in Tupelo, Mississippi, reports the Clarion-Ledger. The good news is that "Carol," who was in an outdoor enclosure at the time, is expected to make a full recovery from her shoulder wound. Police don't know who the shooter is, and the shooter better hope it stays that way. Carol is an endangered Asian elephant, which makes this a federal offense under the Endangered Species Act. PETA is offering a $5,000 reward, notes AP.

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Apr 10, 2013 5:30 AM CDT
Might have been an accidental shooting from another unrelated shooting, or it could have been an intentional shooting. 30 years ago when I was a kid someone at my elementary school had hung a squirrel by the neck from a tree. Why? People are just evil that way--to destroy something so that they can feel some sort of "power" over that something or to gain some sort of "fame". It's a sickness of being emotionally isolated.
Apr 10, 2013 12:01 AM CDT
Carol must have been going on a trip. The shooter was aiming at her trunk.
Apr 9, 2013 11:50 PM CDT
"Carol," failed to give much information to police. "Carol" was heard to say the giraffe gang had better watch its back.