By Sheena Barnett
TUPELO – It’s another first for the BancorpSouth Arena: “The Today Show” and NBC correspondent Kerry Sanders broadcast from the building early Thursday morning.
The NBC morning news program was in town to meet Carol, the elephant with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey who was shot when she last visited Tupelo with the circus on April 9, 2013.
The circus is in town for the weekend.
Sanders fed Carol apples and talked about the investigation, which is still open.
“It’s just so rare that anyone would take a gun and try to kill an elephant in the U.S.,” he said before his live broadcast. “Plus, the fact that this is an unsolved crime.”
Sanders reported live from the arena at 6:40 a.m. for the East Coast broadcast, and it was aired again for other time zones.
“They say an elephant never forgets,” Sanders said. “You just wonder if Carol knows that this is where it happened.”
Carol’s trainer, Catherine Carden, said Carol probably does not remember the incident and may have likened the shot to being bitten.
Sanders, who is based out of Florida, has covered everything from wars to extreme weather to murder trials.
Up next, he said, he’ll take a look at unsolved mysteries in aviation, following the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.
That case, like Carol’s, is a mystery and a unique situation.
“The news is often defined by weird,” he said.