By Sheena Barnett
TUPELO – Carol the elephant is back in Tupelo, fully recovered after being shot last spring, and national media will show the world her progress.
Carol, a 40-year-old Asian elephant, was shot in Tupelo while the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus was in town on April 9.
Now fully recovered, she’s back performing with the circus and will perform in the circus’ “Super Circus Heroes” show at the BancorpSouth Arena.
“The Today Show” with reporter Kerry Sanders was scheduled to report from the arena about Carol today during the 7 a.m. hour.
Carol made her first appearance to the media at an event honoring local heroes. Carol ate fruits and vegetables while wearing a cape signed by Tupelo well-wishers. Carol’s trainer, Catherine Carden, said Carol likely has no memory of the shooting and said Carol may have likened the shot to being bitten.
The Tupelo Police Department is still investigating leads relating to the incident. More than $20,000 in reward money is available.
J.B. Clark contributed to this story