Brian Kelly

ST. LOUIS (KMOX)-Despite concerns from PETA and other animal lovers, it appears the elephants who will perform for the circus at the Scottrade Center through Sunday, are in good condition.

City Animal Control Supervisor Drew Hane and his staff were joined by the Zoo’s health and animal nutrition director for an inspection of the circus animals Thursday morning. Hane tells KMOX, “Everybody seems to be in good general health.There didn’t appear to be any pain while we performed the inspection. All the animals seemed to move pretty easily and fluidly.”

Hane and his staff were to watch the elephants walk from the train to the Scottrade Center Wednesday morning, but officials say because of  “miscommunication” between them and circus officials they were not on hand for the walk.

Hane says he’s not overly concerned about missing the walk. And while there have been accusations the circus is trying to hide injuries to its elephants, Hane says, “The circus staff was very cooperative today for our inspection. I don’t believe us missing the walk was intentional.”

Copyright KMOX Radio


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