A Big Help: Elephants Keep Trailer From Tipping Over

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FRISCO, TX - Hey, who doesn't get excited when the circus comes into town? Well, folks with the Shrine Circus found that bringing that show to town was easier said than done.

“The elephants were coming from New Orleans on their way to Dallas, and the drivers were going to take a break and rest,” said Bill Cunningham, President/CEO Fun Time Shows.

After they pulled over to the side of the road, the traveling trailers got into a sticky situation.

“They woke up and found the truck with the elephants was stuck in the mud,” Cunningham said.

They were unable to get a tractor or tow truck to help pull the trailer out. So, to keep this show on the road, a pair of pachyderms stepped in.

“These guys were pretty quick thinking and got the elephants out of the truck and with voice commands only got them over. And somehow instinctively  they knew what to do,” explained Cunningham.

These helpful herbivores got their trunks in gear, stabilized the truck and were hailed as heroes. If not, this could have been a very different story.

“I think what the elephants did by keeping the people from being in jeopardy because if a tractor had come over into that soft bank it could have tipped over,” Cunningham said. “They are magnificent animals.” Cunningham said

So, we guess now, if you ever find yourself stuck on the side of the road, you can call in a "tow trunk!"  Yeah, that was pretty bad, right?