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Elephants on the loose in Gothenburg park

29 May 2012, 16:12

Published: 29 May 2012 16:12 GMT+02:00

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Christer Johansson, who came across the giant beasts in the Slottsskogen parkland area in south west Gothenburg, told the Aftonbladet newspaper how the elephants were on the loose and making a light lunch out of the surrounding vegetation.

“First, the staff of the circus had the elephants within the fences, but suddenly the gates were open and they walked out,” he told the paper.

“Now they’re free in the woods.”

Meanwhile, Swedish animal expert Jonas Wahlström of the Skansen Open Air museum in Stockholm predicts that the event is a cunning publicity stunt, but claims that the public needn’t fear the tame elephants if they happen to cross paths.

“It’s clear that this is a PR stunt. The elephants have certainly had a push in the backside as they escaped,” he told Aftonbladet.

“Circus elephants are very tame and have been trained to do exactly what you want. If elephants panic, they can obviously run people down, but it would surprise me if this happened with circus elephants.”

Meanwhile, local police have still not received any information from the public about the incident.

The elephants were captured and returned to captivity around 4:30pm, according to Aftonbladet.

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Your comments about this article

17:33 May 29, 2012 by skogsbo
that's nothing. You should see the streets of the UK late on a Fri or Sat night elephants, hippos, crockapigs.. all drunk and roaming the streets & takeaways looking for lone males to capture and take back to their den. Gothenburgers have nothing to fear by comparison.
19:50 May 29, 2012 by B Slick
Elephants and other animals DONT belong in a circus just so us the paying public can sit there under the circus tent and laugh at them as they do tricks! Elephants belong in Africa and Aisa in the nature, not in a circus or in some small zoo like the San Diego Zoo. One parent said to me "but if there not in zoos my children cant see them" . What right do we parents and our children have to put them in a zoo just so its convenent and cheap for us to see them?
22:17 May 29, 2012 by libertarianism
Poor elephants. :(
22:47 May 29, 2012 by colombianska_tjej
Independent of if the circus should or shouldn't have elephants, I think it was reckless to say that they are tame and that they won't hurt people. This animals are very dangerous, you never know what could startle them and cause an aggressive reaction. There have been cases where circus elephants have killed people, and releasing elephants as a publicity stunt appears to me as one of the most wildly irresponsible things someone could do.
08:42 May 30, 2012 by karex
#2 and #4 - totally agree.
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