Elephant escapes enclosure, goes on adventure

Posted at 7:59 AM, Jul 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-01 07:59:18-04

BARABOO, WI (WMTV/CNN) - Baraboo, WI, is used to some wild antics - it's home to Ringling Brothers - but an elephant roaming the streets is wild even for a circus town.

The call came in to the Baraboo police for an animal at-large, and a large one at that.

A four-ton elephant broke out of her home at the Circus World Museum and went on a quite an adventure.

"It's not every day you get a phone call saying the elephant is out," Baraboo police chief Mark Schauf said. "Yep, there's an elephant. What do I do now?"

Police called the elephant's trainer at Circus World and they were able to return her to her home.

The elephant's name is Kelly and she's no "Dumbo." Scott O'Donell, the executive director of Circus World, said that with the help of another elephant, Kelly was able to unlatch the gate to her enclosure and take off on a jaunt around town.

"She has this very fun kind of playful personality - mischievous in a way," O'Donell said. "It wasn't out of the box for her."

Circus World said the only other time an elephant has run away - run being a relative term - from the facility was in the early 1960s when it first opened.

Kelly will be back on the street soon because Circus World has a parade scheduled for later this month. This time, however, she will have supervision.

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