Statement on Sarah the Elephant
Sarah, the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey
elephant on the Red Unit, is healthy. The most recent allegations by Animal
Defenders International (ADI) are not only false but grossly out of context.
The facts are, following the final show in Anaheim, Calif., Sarah escorted by
her handlers up the loading ramp into the elephant train car when she shifted
her position, backing down the ramp, causing her to lose her balance, where she
kneeled and roll down the ramp onto the ground. It took approximately ten
minutes for her handlers to allow Sarah to reposition herself and stand on her
own, which she did. Sarah was immediately examined by a Ringling Bros.
veterinary technician as well as animal control officers who were present
during the incident. They found that she received minor abrasions but was
otherwise in good condition. Following her examination Sarah was accompanied up
the ramp and entered the train car without incident. She has also been examined by a Ringling
Bros. veterinarian, and a follow up visit in Ontario by animal control officers
found her to be good health. It is appalling that ADI would manipulate an
incident and the public to further their agenda.