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Friday, 6 December 2013

Circus elephant escapes in Rome

Elephant on the Rome

How do you lose an elephant? Ask the staff of the Amedeo Orfei circus. Their pachyderm called Mia packed her trunk and wandered off for a sightseeing spree in Rome earlier today and was only recaptured after a couple of hours on the loose when residents called police and reported the beast loitering by Exit 11 of the Grande Raccordo Anulare highway. Presumably she was trying to hitch a lift out of town.

This is not the first elephant to escape from a circus in Rome. Just last month a different elephant was found trying to pick up a snack in a market place after escaping from a nearby big top.

By the way, doesn't that elephant have the cheekiest face? Who says they're cruelly confined when, in Italy at least, it seems they're free to wander off whenever they choose.

For more elephant stories, from the famous Jumbo to the infamous rogue Black Diamond, read Circus Mania - The Ultimate Book For Anyone Who Dreamed of Running Away with the Circus.
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