A terrified circus elephant performing in Osnabruck, Germany on Wednesday in one of Germany’s largest circuses, accidentally bumped into another elephant carrying a female performer and toppled into the audience.
Fortunately no one was seriously injured, even though several audience members suffered scratches and abrasions. According to the World News, animal advocates are calling for a ban on all animals being forced to perform in captivity. The Circus Krone caught the ire of social media after footage of the scary incident was shared online. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) addressed the accident as “inevitable” because of the conditions of the performance.
“It occurred because wild animals from different regions and families have been thrust together and forced to perform,” PETA stated. “Heartbreaking video taken during #CircusKrone shows an elephant shoved into a group of spectators and then crashing to the ground. Two other elephants were involved.”
The head of the circus dismissed what happened and said the animals regularly argue with each other and the behavior is “natural and normal.” Just last month, one of the circus elephants managed to escape and walked through the streets of western Germany before he was captured.
Germany is one of the last nations along with France, Spain and Switzerland that still allow wild animals in circuses.
The elephant that fell is said to have injured his ankle. The other two elephants tried to help their fallen companion up. After a short intermission, the show proceeded. It will continue on a tour through 30 Germany cities. Advocates continue to ask the public to avoid animal circuses and urge the government to ban this painful animal cruelty treatment.
Check it out on Twitter.
A circus elephant has fallen into the audience at a circus in Germany after it and two other elephants accidentally moved to the edge of the ring.
— Sky News (@SkyNews) July 6, 2018
(Photo of circus elephant falling via video recorded)
More news and updates on the National Pet Rescue Facebook page.
Poachers eaten by lions before they could kill rhinos – read the story here.
Heartwarming rescue of abandoned foal – read more here.
Our site is supported by stories from Shared.com
Dying man’s wish to find a home for his beloved dogs – read the story here.
Calf who escaped slaughterhouse joins a herd of deer – read the story here.