Officials with the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus say that Carol, a 39-year-old Asian elephant, is expected to fully recover after being hit by a bullet during a drive-by shooting in Tupelo, Mississippi.
“The elephant has sustained at least one bullet wound between her ear and, I guess you would have to consider it, the base of her neck area,” Tupelo Police Captain Rusty Haynes told WPTV.
Haynes said that authorities were looking for white or silver Ford Explorer that was seen behind the arena at the time of the shooting.
Bancorpsouth Arena Executive Director Todd Hunt called the incident a “black eye” for Tupelo.
“It was a drive-by shooting,” he said.
In a statement on Tuesday, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals said that it would offer $5,000 for information leading to an arrest and conviction of the shooter.
Watch this video from WPTV, broadcast April 10, 2013.
Watch this video from The Associated Press, broadcast April 10, 2013.