Sunday, March 08, 2015

Circus Elephants

Ringling Brothers’ decision to end elephant acts brought back memories of the summer I spent working in close proximity to circus elephants. I was a vendor in the Cole Bros. traveling circus, which claimed to be the world’s largest traveling three-ring circus under a canvas big top (lots of qualifiers in there!). As part of my job I assisted in the raising and taking down of the big top, which is where I worked alongside the elephants, who helped pull the big top into place. I was warned to never stand behind them because their kicks were quite fearsome.