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Exotic Animal Incident Report

Reported: Oct 27, 2001
Location: Charlotte, North Carolina

Animal: Asian Elephant
Animal Disposition: unknown

Facility Type: Circus
Facility Name: Hawthorn Corporation / Circus Vasquez

Category: Escape of animal, Injury to animal by other animal
Species: Elephant

Summary: Two elephants leased by the Hawthorn Corporation to Circus Vazquez rampaged through a church. Two church members were nearly trampled, and children were quickly ushered to safety. The elephants crashed into the church through a glass window, broke and buckled walls and door frames, and knocked a car 15 feet, causing an estimated $75,000 in damages. The elephants suffered cuts and bruises. One of the elephants had rampaged twice before (see 07/10/95 and 05/19/95).

Source: Charlotte Observer, Associated Press

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