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Elephant continues recovery, investigation ongoing

Carol the elephant (Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus)
Carol the elephant (Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus)
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Updated: 4/26/2013 2:59 pm
TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) -- A circus elephant wounded in a shooting incident in Tupelo earlier this month continues to recuperate at a Missouri veterinary clinic.

Ringling Bros. Barnum and Bailey Circus officials say Carol is still about four-to-six weeks away from returning to live performance.

The 39-year-old elephant was shot once in the right shoulder during the early morning hours of April 9th in a staging area at the BancorpSouth Arena.

Carol is an Asian elephant, a species listed on the endangered list.

In the meantime, Tupelo police and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service continue to look for the person responsible for the shooting.

Nearly $34,000 in rewards has been offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the case.

Anyone with information can contact the USFWS at 662-227-0990 or Crimestoppers at (800) 773-TIPS.
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