Carol the elephant makes Tupelo comeback

Carol the elephant performs Thursday  in Tupelo, Mississippi, a year after she was  shot and wounded there.

Story highlights

  • The 40-year-old Asian elephant was shot April 2013
  • A circus spokesman says she's doing great: "Happy to be back"
  • "The Greatest Show on Earth" will be in Tupelo through Sunday

A circus elephant injured last year in a drive-by shooting returned to the ring Thursday in the city where she was shot.

"She's doing great -- happy to be back in Tupelo, and happy to be back performing," said Steve Payne, spokesman for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.

Carol the elephant was shot April 2013 on the grounds of BancorpSouth Arena, in Tupelo, Mississippi, while on tour with "The Greatest Show on Earth." She was struck behind her ear.

The 40-year-old Asian elephant took a few weeks off to recover, Payne said. She's performed since the shooting, but Thursday marked the circus' first show back in Tupelo.

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Carol has shown no problems or other issues, the spokesman said.

Working with local law enforcement, the circus has stepped up security, he added.

"I have no idea why anyone in the world would want to do something so malicious or stupid," Capt. Rusty Haynes, with the Tupelo police, said last year of the unknown assailant. "It makes no sense to me whatsoever."

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus is scheduled to be in Tupelo through Sunday.

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