Officials unload elephants onto interstate following crash

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A group of elephants was unloaded onto Interstate 70 following an accident Thursday.photo The crash happened at County Road 725, just four miles west of
a multi-vehicle accident on I-70.

Indiana State Police said a semi trailer was hauling three elephants when the vehicle slid off the road.

elephants2The elephants were “purposely unloaded” and then “purposely reloaded” onto the trailer after it was moved back onto the roadway. Officials stressed theĀ  pachyderms were not “on the loose at any time,” though initial reports had indicated otherwise.

The elephants were not injured and have since left the scene.

Photos courtesy of James Walton.

105 comments

  • Sandy Holt

    These poor elephants shouldn’t have been on a trailer to begin with. When are people going to realize these precious animals belong in their native habit? These greedy circus jerks care about nothing but making money off wild animals. Who pays the price? The animals that’s who! Stop supporting the abuse of animals by not going to a circus or any other hellhole who use animals for “entertainment”. And yes, the animals ARE abused! Forced to do all sorts of unnatural acts. It’s time to speak up for those who have no voices.

  • Buffy

    Cannot believe some of the idiotic comments made about this post. Did you not READ the story??? Some people shouldnt even be allowed access to a computer or electronic device. Sheesh!

  • lisa

    So sad circuses that use these animals are disgusting.What a crappy life for a elephant.Its just soo wrong on so many different levels i cant wait for the day these sleeze bags cant haul them aroung to do tricks anymore.

  • Vegan Darling

    sure they took care of them, as soon as they were out of the prying eyes of the public they were probably beaten for shifting in the trailer. All circuses beat and abuse their animals into submission and should be banned from having one single animal in any act of any kind!

  • Guest

    Seriously some of you people ask and say the most stupidest things….does it matter where they came from or are going to??? Obviously they needed to be shifted, they are now ok and going to wherever it is they need to go to.

  • lisa

    Wow its 2013 i think at this point for any one with any type of reason or knowledge knows circuses are HELL for the animals.If you dont please educate yourself just type in circus cruelty and your mouth will drop its sooooo sick and bad.Every single animal rights or even animal welfare group denounces having wild animals in the circus because of the servere torture and confinment.

    • bcelefan

      Exactly Lisa …………. these elephants are hauled across NA in unheated trailers. There is enough proof out thee if people would open their eyes. The Circus has this false face that they love and protect their elephants. I guess abuse, torture etc is love. Read about Tyke, Lota, Ned, Benjamin and all the other elephants who have died to provide entertainment for us humans.

      The only time a circus elephant has a great life is when in the publics eye… that is when the abuse and torture stops. Don't want you or me to see the bull hook sinking into their skin. And NO they do not have thick skin!!!! as Lisa stated edcuate yourself.

  • gretchen

    Oh great they're going to the circus, traveling in a semi, getting cow-prodded and beaten to do things that elephants were never meant to do, I feel better now

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