Carol at Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus (Gold Unit)

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Species: Asian elephant
Sex and age:Female
Management:Free contact
Location:Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus (Gold Unit)
ArrivedRingling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus (Gold Unit)
from George Carden Circus International
George Carden Circus International 1974-00-00
from Hanneford Family Circus (George Hanneford)
Born: wild
Document updated2012-06-07: Mankiller, Carden RE
2013-04-10: shot
Startled by a passing car, a 6,400-pound elephant, Carol, stumbled while being led to a circus appearance and fell on her handler, who was crushed to death as the animal struggled to get back on her feet. David Dickerson, a lifelong circus worker, died by the time the rescue helicopter reached the hospital.

Carol, the 39-year-old Asian elephant struck by a bullet in a drive-by shooting early Tuesday morning in Tupelo, MS where they are appearing with the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Gold Unit.

2013-04-10: When the bullet entered Carol's neck just above the shoulder, part of the bullet broke up into fragments. Carol will make a full recovery. She is in good spirits and being well taken care of. She is enjoying every meal as usual. She will be under the expert veterinary care of Doctor Dennis Schmidt for at least the next couple months.Catherine Carden

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  • Bob Cline, Cheraw, South Carolina, United States.

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