Escaped Circus Elephant Seen Crossing The Street

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It’s not every day that you see an elephant out in the wild, but that’s what happened in Butte, Montana, recently. A circus elephant scheduled to perform in the town made a break for it as shocked drivers watched the massive animal cross traffic.

CBS News reported the details of the strange event: 

The mammoth animal was scheduled to appear on stage at Jordan World Circus in Butte, Montana, but before her act, Viola escaped and wandered through the city, a city official confirmed to CBS News. The circus had two shows scheduled, one at 4:00 p.m. and one at 7:00 p.m. local time.

“One of the circus elephants managed to escape from its trainer and wandered onto Harrison Ave, a bustling street in town,” J.P. Gallagher, the county’s chief executive, said to CBS News. 

Video shared on social media showed the elephant walking down the middle of the road through traffic in the southwest Montana city. She walked in front of the town’s casino and into a storage facility as people ran alongside her, video showed. 

Viola caused some damage to a storage area at the Civic Center but “no one was injured,” Gallagher said, adding, “Although there was minor damage to the facility, we are grateful that everyone remained unharmed,” he said. 

The man running after Viola was allegedly one of her trainers, who eventually coaxed her into coming home. 

According to CBS, Viola had escaped from the circus before. She apparently loves going on a quick jaunt. 

Maybe her trainers should invest in better peanuts. 

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