Circus Elephant Elopes With Wild Suitor
Escape from Indian pen makes for mammoth romance
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 30, 2007 1:14 PM CDT
A tame circus elephant has fled her handler to elope with a wild bull elephant that broke open her gate and led her away.   (
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(Newser) – In perhaps the heaviest love story ever told, a wild bull elephant broke into a traveling circus in India and snatched away a tame but captivated female. Wildlife experts say the male was probably in must when he broke a gate to free his beloved; three other elephants also escaped, the Guardian reports, then returned when circus officials came calling.

But Savitri, a two-decade veteran of the circus, had other ideas. When the paramours were discovered bathing in a West Bengal jungle pond, the female wrapped her trunk around her lover’s leg. The male returned the favor; says one official, “He protectively shielded her like in a Bollywood blockbuster.”