Circus Elephant OK After Drive-By Shooting

Circus Elephant OK After Drive-By Shooting

Carol, the 39-year-old Asian elephant wounded in a drive-by shooting in Tupelo, will be fine in a few weeks according to a circus veterinarian.
TUPELO, Miss. (AP) - Carl, the 39-year-old Asian elephant wounded in a drive-by shooting in Tupelo, will be fine in a few weeks according to a circus veterinarian.

The reward for information leading to an arrest is up to $21,000.

Ringling Bros. veterinarian Dr. Dennis Schmitt says the bullet entered Carol's neck just above the shoulder. He says part of the bullet broke up into fragments. Schmitt says the safest course of action is to allow the bullet to work its way out of the elephant's body.

The elephant is part of a circus in town for a series of performances. It was in an outside area of the Tupelo BancorpSouth Arena.

Police say a vehicle drove past the arena about 2 a.m. Tuesday and fired into the area, hitting the elephant.

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