An elephant from the Picadilly Circus was on hand in Joplin Missouri this week to help clean up tornado destruction. The animal was used to drag destroyed vehicles closer to the curb.

“I think the circus people generally want to help, but I think this a bad idea,” one woman told WDAF-TV.

Watch this video, uploaded by YouTube user mschark on May 31, 2011.

[H/T: New York Magazine]