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The last Ringling elephants
The last 11 elephants touring with the Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus take a final bow, retiring to an elephant conservation in Florida and ending a 145-year spectacle that delighted fans but enraged animal activists.
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May 02, 2016
One of Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus' performing elephants enters the arena for its final...
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One of Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus' performing elephants enters the arena for it's final...
One of Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus' performing elephants enters the arena for its final show. Elephants take a final bow at Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus on Sunday, ending a 145-year spectacle that delighted fans but enraged animal activists, who say the highly publicized retirement is not enough. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
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May 01, 2016
Circus performer Hanna Fatieiva poses with the performing elephants at Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey...
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Circus performer Hanna Fatieiva poses with the performing elephants at Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey...
Circus performer Hanna Fatieiva poses with the performing elephants at Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus' "Circus Extreme" show at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, U.S., April 30, 2016. The last 11 elephants touring with "The Greatest Show on Earth" will leave behind their enormous studded tiaras and begin traveling on Monday to Ringling's 200-acre (80-hectare) Center for Elephant Conservation in central Florida, said Stephen Payne, spokesman for the circus' parent company, Feld Entertainment. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
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May 02, 2016
Elephant crew member Adria Cuellar pets a performing elephant before its final show. Bonnie, Juliette...
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Elephant crew member Adria Cuellar pets a performing elephant before its final show for the Ringling...
Elephant crew member Adria Cuellar pets a performing elephant before its final show. Bonnie, Juliette and nine other female Asian elephants are retiring earlier than originally planned, reflecting shifting U.S. attitudes toward animal entertainment. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
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May 02, 2016
A circus clown cries as she watches the performing elephants prepare for their final show in Wilkes-Barre,...
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A circus clown cries as she watches the performing elephants prepare for their final show for the Ringling...
A circus clown cries as she watches the performing elephants prepare for their final show in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Even after the Ringling elephants perform their last headstands in Sunday shows in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania and Providence, Rhode Island, a total of 69 elephants will still be in the possession of smaller U.S. circuses and traveling acts, with some too crippled to be exhibited and some kept for breeding, said PETA spokeswoman Katie Arth. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
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May 01, 2016
Elephants perform in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Other wild animals continue as circus headliners, including...
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Elephants perform during Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus' "Circus Extreme" show at the Mohegan...
Elephants perform in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Other wild animals continue as circus headliners, including at Ringling Bros, which tours with 28 tigers, six lions, one leopard, two kangaroos and three pythons, Payne said. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
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May 02, 2016
An elephant stands in the arena entrance in its final show in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. At least 17...
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An elephant stands in the arena entrance in its final show for the Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey...
An elephant stands in the arena entrance in its final show in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. At least 17 countries have outlawed circus acts featuring wild animals, but the practice remains largely legal in the United States. Hawaii is poised to be the first state to ban them and more than a dozen municipalities have enacted their own prohibitions. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
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May 01, 2016
Elephants perform in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. While glad that the Ringling elephants are leaving their...
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Elephants perform in Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus' "Circus Extreme" show at the Mohegan Sun...
Elephants perform in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. While glad that the Ringling elephants are leaving their traveling days behind, animal activists are critical of the company's Polk City, Florida, facility that will serve as their retirement home. "(It's) nothing more than a breeding facility, where elephants are chained for approximately 16 hours a day or more in concrete-floored barns and still beaten with bullhooks," PETA's Arth said. "When they're allowed outside, they're confined to small, virtually barren paddocks." REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
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May 01, 2016
Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus' performing elephants appear in their last show in Wilkes-Barre,...
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Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus' performing elephants appear in their last ever show in Wilkes-Barre,...
Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus' performing elephants appear in their last show in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Payne brushed off the criticism as an effort by "animal rights extremists to score cheap publicity" and accused PETA of lacking first-hand knowledge of what it takes to care for an Asian elephant. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
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May 01, 2016
The performing elephants exit the arena during the matinee on their final day of shows in Wilkes-Barre,...
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The performing elephants exit the arena during the matinee on their final day of shows in the Ringling...
The performing elephants exit the arena during the matinee on their final day of shows in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. The center focuses on conservation, breeding and research, including studies to determine why elephants face a lower risk of cancer than humans despite their far greater body mass, the center's website says. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
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May 01, 2016
The performing elephants walk in line during the matinee on their final day of shows in Wilkes-Barre,...
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The performing elephants walk in line during the matinee on their final day of shows in the Ringling...
The performing elephants walk in line during the matinee on their final day of shows in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. A Reuters reporter who toured the camp in October saw dozens of elephants corralled in groups of twos and threes in scrub-filled areas about the size of suburban back yards that gave them enough room to walk around and included toys. At night they stay in large barns, with their feet often chained to keep them from stealing each other's food. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
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May 02, 2016
Senior Elephant Handler Alex Petrov interacts with the elephants after they appeared in their final show....
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Senior Elephant Handler Alex Petrov interacts with the elephants after they appeared in their final show...
Senior Elephant Handler Alex Petrov interacts with the elephants after they appeared in their final show. "Free-range sanctuaries that are as large as possible are a much better option," said Katie Moore, animal rescue program director with the International Fund for Animal Welfare. Ringling Bros said elephants will eat high-quality hay and local produce, go on occasional walks and possibly pull old tricks. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
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April 30, 2016
Ringmaster David Shipman pauses as a performing elephant prepares to enter the arena. REUTERS/Andrew...
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Ringmaster Shipman pauses as a performing elephant prepares to enter the arena for Ringling Bros and...
Ringmaster David Shipman pauses as a performing elephant prepares to enter the arena. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
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May 02, 2016
An elephant performs in its final show. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
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An elephant performs in its final show for the Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus in Wilkes-Barre,...
An elephant performs in its final show. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
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May 01, 2016
Elephants perform in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
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Elephants perform during Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus' "Circus Extreme" show at the Mohegan...
Elephants perform in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
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May 01, 2016
Senior Elephant Handler Ryan Henning presents the elephant act. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
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Senior Elephant Handler Ryan Henning presents the elephant act in Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus'...
Senior Elephant Handler Ryan Henning presents the elephant act. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
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May 01, 2016
The performing elephants enter the arena for the matinee on their final day of shows. REUTERS/Andrew...
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The performing elephants enter the arena for the matinee on their final day of shows in the Ringling...
The performing elephants enter the arena for the matinee on their final day of shows. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
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May 02, 2016
Children touch a PETA protest elephant following the final show. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
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Children touch a PETA protest elephant following the final show for the performing elephants in the Ringling...
Children touch a PETA protest elephant following the final show. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
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May 01, 2016
An elephant paints a canvas before the circus show. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
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An elephant paints a canvas before Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus' "Circus Extreme" show at...
An elephant paints a canvas before the circus show. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
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May 02, 2016
Performing elephants drink water after appearing in their final show. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
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Performing elephants drink water after appearing in their final show for the Ringling Bros and Barnum...
Performing elephants drink water after appearing in their final show. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
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May 02, 2016
A performing elephant is loaded on to a truck following its final show. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
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A performing elephant is loaded on to a truck following its final show for the Ringling Bros and Barnum...
A performing elephant is loaded on to a truck following its final show. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
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May 01, 2016
Elephants head to the arena for the matinee on the final day. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
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Elephants head to the arena for the matinee on the final day for the performing elephants in the Ringling...
Elephants head to the arena for the matinee on the final day. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
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May 02, 2016
Elephant crew member Viki Zsilak comforts an elephant before loading it on to a truck following its final...
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Elephant crew member Viki Zsilak comforts an elephant before loading it on to a truck following its final...
Elephant crew member Viki Zsilak comforts an elephant before loading it on to a truck following its final show. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
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May 01, 2016
An elephant enters the arena. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
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An elephants enters the arena at Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus' "Circus Extreme" show at the...
An elephant enters the arena. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
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May 01, 2016
Circus clowns watch as the performing elephants are prepared for the matinee on their final day of performing....
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Circus clowns watch on as the performing elephants are prepared for the matinee on their final day of...
Circus clowns watch as the performing elephants are prepared for the matinee on their final day of performing. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
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May 02, 2016
A clown embraces Senior Elephant Handler Alex Petrov ahead of the performing elephants' final show. REUTERS/Andrew...
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A clown embraces Senior Elephant Handler Alex Petrov ahead of the performing elephants' final show for...
A clown embraces Senior Elephant Handler Alex Petrov ahead of the performing elephants' final show. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
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May 01, 2016
A clown ties his laces backstage before the matinee. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
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A clown ties his laces backstage before the matinee on the final day of shows for the performing elephants...
A clown ties his laces backstage before the matinee. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
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May 01, 2016
A circus performer sits on an elephant before the matinee. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
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A circus performer sits on an elephant before the matinee on the final day for performing elephants in...
A circus performer sits on an elephant before the matinee. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
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May 01, 2016
Circus fan Katie Harmke of Selbyville, Delaware photographs the performing elephants before the matinee....
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Circus fan Katie Harmke of Selbyville, Delaware photographs the performing elephants before the matinee...
Circus fan Katie Harmke of Selbyville, Delaware photographs the performing elephants before the matinee. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
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May 01, 2016
Sixth generation circus performer Tabayara Maluenda waves after riding a performing elephant. REUTERS/Andrew...
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Sixth generation circus performer Tabayara Maluenda waves after riding a performing elephant in Ringling...
Sixth generation circus performer Tabayara Maluenda waves after riding a performing elephant. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
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May 01, 2016
An elephant watches from backstage during the pre-show entertainment. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
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An elephant watches from backstage during the pre-show entertainment at Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey...
An elephant watches from backstage during the pre-show entertainment. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
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