Circus elephant won’t forget nighttime collision with SUV

BY the associated press Modified: November 6, 2009 at 6:17 am •  Published: November 6, 2009
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/> After the vehicle sideswiped the elephant, Carpenter’s wife, Deena, flagged down some people and used their cell phone to call police.

"The dispatcher didn’t believe her,” Carpenter said.

Enid veterinarian Dwight Olson said the elephant was hiding in some bushes just off the highway when he arrived shortly after the accident. Handlers from the circus were able to calm her down, and Olson cleaned the leg wound and gave her some painkiller. The elephant was taken Thursday to the veterinary school at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater for a follow-up exam.

"I don’t believe there’s a broken bone, but I don’t have an X-ray room big enough to examine it,” Olson said.

The elephant had escaped from the Family Fun Circus at the Garfield County Fairgrounds earlier Wednesday after something spooked her while she was being loaded into a truck with another elephant, Olson said.

A booking agent for the circus, Rachael Bellman, said she was unaware of the incident, and a telephone message left with circus officials wasn’t immediately returned.



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