Elephants Escape from Circus, Damage Cars in Missouri

Several elephants escaped from a circus in a Missouri city on Saturday, damaging vehicles in a parking lot before they were corralled and returned to their quarters.

The elephants from the Moolah Shrine Circus escaped Saturday afternoon at the Family Arena in St. Charles, NBC station KSDK of St. Louis reported. The station showed images of several trucks with damage to their sides from the elephants. There were no injuries.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that three animals escaped about 5 p.m. during a performance and went out the back of the arena to a lot where circus and Shriners employees’ cars were parked. They eventually were taken back to their compound.

The elephants didn’t take part in Saturday night’s performance, the newspaper said, but were expected to perform on Sunday.

The Post-Dispatch said the show is run by the Royal Hanneford Circus.