Carol the elephant makes performance return

Carol, the Asian elephant, shot in Tupelo has made a full recovery and is back to work. (Courtesy)

Carol, the Asian elephant, shot in Tupelo has made a full recovery and is back to work. (Courtesy)

By JB Clark
Daily Journal

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey has announced Carol, an Asian elephant, is back in the spotlight this week in Spokane, Wash., after spending six months recovering from a gunshot injury sustained in Tupelo.

A spokesperson for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey said she is now “fully charged” after her recuperation at her Springfield, Mo., home under the supervision of veterinarians and animal care staff.

The 39-year-old elephant was shot with a small-caliber handgun in the early morning hours of Tuesday, April 9, while in her habitat behind the BancorpSouth Arena.

The Tupelo Police Department is still investigating any leads but Capt. Rusty Haynes said more than $20,000 in reward money hasn’t generated any new tips.

Police did say they saw a white Ford Explorer in the area of the shooting that morning.

Carol returned to her touring family June 19 but gave her first full performance this week as a part of the Fully Charged, Gold Edition show.

Melinda Hartline, show spokeswoman, said the performers are thankful for all of the Tupelo fans and the support, cards and letters received after the tragic shooting.

jb.clark@journalinc.com