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.
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.
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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.