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Carol The Elephant Makes Circus Return After Drive-By Shooting In Mississippi

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A 39-year-old elephant is making her circus return in Mississippi after she was wounded in a drive-by shooting about a year ago.

Carol the elephant spent eight weeks recuperating at a Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus farm in Springfield, Mo., after the shooting took place behind BancorpSouth Arena in Tupelo, Miss., on April 9, 2013.

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According to The Guradian, Carol was shot in front of the shoulder blade and the bullet hit muscle, breaking into 5 or 6 pieces.

Brett Carden, Carol’s owner, said he watched the elephants all night while traveling with the circus and heard the gunfire. He did see a man who ran away, and a security guard was at the scene during the shooting, The Clarion-Ledger reported.

The suspect could face federal charges for shooting an endangered species.

Carol will return as a part of the Super Circus Heroes show, which runs from April 3-6, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey spokeswoman Melinda Hartline told the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal.

No arrests have been made, but more than $20,000 in reward money is now being offered for any tips leading to the suspect.