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Circus elephant becomes victim in drive-by shooting

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TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - The reward to find the person responsible for shooting a circus elephant in Tupelo early Tuesday morning has now jumped significantly.

Crime Stoppers of Northeast Mississippi initially offered up to $1,000.

Crime Stoppers spokesman Capt. Allan Gilbert tells WTVA.COM that Ringling Brothers And Barnum & Bailey Circus has added $10,000.

In addition, Capt. Gilbert says the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has offered a $5,000 reward, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has offered $5,000, while Travis W. Childers has added $250.

Capt. Gilbert says that brings the reward amount up to $21,250.

Police say someone shot and injured the 39-year-old Asian elephant known as Carol shortly after 2 o'clock Tuesday morning.

The elephant was being kept on the BancorpSouth Arena property in preparation for the Ringling Brothers And Barnum & Bailey Circus scheduled for this week.

Authorities say a white or silver Ford Explorer was seen in the area at the time of the shooting.

Police have described the incident as a drive-by shooting.

WTVA News has reported that a veterinarian has been caring for the injured elephant.

If you have any information on this crime, you are asked to call Crime Stoppers of Northeast Mississippi at 1-800-773-TIPS (8477).

Late this afternoon, veterinarian Dr. Dennis Schmitt examined Carol and says he located a dime-sized point of entry on the elephant's shoulder.

He says the 39-year-old pachyderm is active, mobile, comfortable and being treated with medication.

Dr. Schmitt says they will carry Carol to Springfield, Missouri for the next several weeks for veterinary care.

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