Escaped Circus Elephant Sideswipes Car in Enid Oklahoma

ENID, Okla., Nov. 5 (UPI) — Police in Oklahoma said an escaped circus elephant suffered a broken tusk and a hurt leg when it sideswiped a vehicle while running along a road.

Enid Police Department Sgt. Billy Varney said a couple riding inside of the vehicle Wednesday night were not injured in the collision with the elephant, which fled from the Family Fun Circus at the Garfield County Fairgrounds, The Enid News and Eagle reported Thursday.

“The vehicle side-swiped the elephant as it ran along the road. The vehicle was able to drive away,” Varney said. He said the elephant’s tusk poked a hole in the car’s sheet metal.

The elephant, which also suffered bumps, bruises and scratches, was loaded into a semi-trailer and returned to the circus at 11:19 p.m. Wednesday.

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