Elephants run away from circus to play in snow

‘The animals have their own character and emotions, they are very smart,’ handlers say

Kate Ng
Friday 24 January 2020 14:48
Comments
Elephants loose in Russia after circus escape

There was an unusual flurry of activity in the Russian city of Yekaterinburg after two elephants ran away from a visiting circus to frolic in the snow.

The elephants, 45-year-old Carla and 50-year-old Roni, were part of an Italian circus passing through the city on its way to St Petersburg.

Videos and photos posted on social media by delighted citizens showed the huge mammals wandering around the city and rolling in the snow as trainers tried to round them up.

One of the elephants crossed a busy street and headed to a residential building, gently pushing a man across the street who tried to stop her by holding on to her trunk.

Carla and Roni were reportedly with the Togni family, one of the largest Italian circus dynasties still active today.

Circus art director and host Sergey Bondarchuk told Russian state media: “The elephants have their own character and emotions, they are very smart.

“They walked outside and got very happy from seeing the snow, the trees and the pedestrians whom they took for spectators.

“We love our animals a lot, they are our family. They too love the circus, they get bored without work,” he added. “Our animals will live and die with us, they won’t survive in the wild.”

Eventually, handlers were able to get ropes around one of the elephant’s front legs, but it took a dozen people – handlers and helpful locals – to pull her back to their truck.

“The elephants wanted to get some new experiences before a long journey, and they got them,” the circus added.

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Join our new commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies

Comments

Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged inPlease refresh your browser to be logged in