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Carol the elephant returns to Tupelo

Reported by: Jessica Albert
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Updated: 4/02 8:20 pm
TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) -- Carol the elephant returned to Tupelo for the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus a year after she was shot.

"She's back with a vengeance," trainer Kathy Carden said. "She's awesome."

It took three months for Carol to heal from the wound to her neck.

Then it took another month for her to practice for the show.

"It was quite frankly an embarrassing moment for the city, but hopefully those days are behind us," Tupelo Mayor Jason Shelton said.

But, the 40-year-old elephant is back on her feet.

"She was never really affected that much anyway by the gunshot," Carden said.

Wednesday she was awarded a cape for her courage.

"We thank them for their support and their love," Carden said. "Carol does, and I do too."

She's not the only one to receive a cape.

Tupelo first responders and a couple of children fighting long-term illness did as well.

Officer Joseph Maher and Sergeant Gale Stauffer's wife, Beth, were given capes, too.

"It's heartwarming to know that people care about us to reach out and take care of our family and recognize the sacrifices that were made," Officer Maher said.

As for Carol, she's just happy to be face-to-face with all of those who were pulling for her during her recovery.
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