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Circus elephant shot in drive-by in US; Ringling Bros. says animal is OK

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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.

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