TUPELO, Miss. - Authorities say a Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus elephant was hit by a bullet in a drive-by shooting.
Circus spokeswoman Melinda Hartline says the elephant was not seriously hurt Tuesday. She says no other animals were harmed.
The elephant is part of the circus in Tupelo, Mississippi for a series of performances. The elephant was in an area outside where the circus keeps animals at the BancorpSouth Arena.
Police Chief Tony Carleton says a vehicle drove past the arena about 2 a.m. and fired into the area. Police are investigating.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals says in a news release that it is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the shooting.