BARABOO, Wis. – The pachyderm was a startling sight for residents of one small Wisconsin neighborhood.
A full-grown elephant sauntered through Baraboo early Friday morning on a brief walk of freedom. The mammoth creature clashed with the quiet residential neighborhood.
Law enforcement officers quickly got in touch with the nearby Circus World Museum, home to the wandering pachyderm. A trainer arrived and led the elephant back to the circus complex.
Circus World spokesman Dave Saloutos said the elephant, named Kelly, was freed by her pachyderm partner, Isla, who used her trunk to disengage a restraint.
Saloutos said Kelly lumbered across the shallow Baraboo River and wandered into a neighboring backyard where she unlatched a gate and munched on some marigolds during her couple of hours of freedom.
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