Elephant stuck briefly on side of road out of state had gotten loose in Baraboo last year

Circus has faced federal scrutiny
Elephant stuck briefly on side of road out of state had gotten loose in Baraboo last year

Federal records show a circus that owns four elephants that were briefly stranded on an Oklahoma roadway had a pachyderm escape its enclosure and roam free through a Wisconsin residential neighborhood last summer .

A U.S. Department of Agriculture inspection report shows a Carson & Barnes Circus elephant got free from restraints in June at Circus World Museum in Baraboo, Wisconsin. The female elephant was loose for a few hours before her trainer led her back to her barn.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals criticized Hugo, Oklahoma-based Carson & Barnes after the floor began falling out of a trailer hauling the four elephants Wednesday, leaving them stalled for about two hours awaiting another ride. A statement from PETA urges people to avoid the circus’ shows.

Carson & Barnes spokeswoman Jennifer Wisener said Thursday a veterinarian examined the four elephants and that they appeared to be fine.

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