TAMPA, FL-Is the circus coming to town anytime soon? Well, chances are next time they are, there'll be an element missing from the grand show! The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus is putting its elephants into early retirement.
The circus had originally planned to get rid of the elephant act in 2018, citing new legislation that makes it harder for the company to travel with the animals.
There are currently 11 elephants touring the U.S. with the circus. Each year they visit 115 cities, including Dallas and Fort Worth, but now these elephants will go where most people do to retire -- Florida!
They'll live out the rest of their lives at the 200-acre Center for Elephant Conservation.
These gentle giants will also be a part of cancer research, scientists hope that tests will someday lead to cancer fighting research in humans.
So it looks like if you want to see some elephants you’ll have to visit the zoo.
The 'Greatest Show on Earth' is about to look a lot different, but you gotta admit, elephants standing on their heads for our entertainment makes you wonder who the real clowns are.