3 elephants escape Moolah Shrine circus in St. Charles, go on rampage

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by Adam McDonald, KMOV.com staff

KMOV.com

Posted on March 22, 2014 at 7:02 PM

Updated Monday, Mar 24 at 6:34 AM

(KMOV) -- Three female elephants from the Moolah Shrine Circus escaped their handlers in the children's ride section on Saturday, according to witnesses and officials.

"Things started shaking, When I looked up I saw three elephants coming toward us," Sally Schmiz, a witness to the event, said. "These huge elephants litterally went through these huge RVs. Then they went through two trucks breaking mirrors off, and panels off and breaking the windows." 

Officials confirmed these are the elephants children can ride, however, no children were on the elephants when they got loose. The elephants were a part of the circus taking place at the Family Arena in St. Charles.

"The elephants were loose for a brief period," said Dennis Kelley, President of Moolah Shriners Circus, "The handlers were able to occupy the animals and they are resting comfortably at this time."

Officials with Moolah did not indicate how the incident happened.

According to authorities, no one else was hurt during the incident.

"Thank God no children were on top of them for rides, or adults too," Schmiz said, "You could tell they were upset."

A decision hasn't yet been made whether or not to use the elephants in the two Sunday shows as originally planned.

 

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