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Exotic Animal Incident Report

Reported: Mar 13, 2002
Location: Easley, South Carolina

Animal: Asian Elephant
Animal Disposition: recaptured

Facility Type: Circus
Facility Name: Robert Childress

Category: Escape of animal
Species: Elephant

Summary: Tonya, an elephant belonging to Robert Childress and used in various circuses, escaped control of her handlers while she was loaded into a trailer. She fled into nearby woods and was recaptured with the assistance of the police. This was the 4th time that Tonya had run amok (see 06/21/00, 02/16/98, and 08/28/97).

Source: Associated Press

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