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Nov 6, 2009 10:46 AM by sleonard

Circus Elephant Escapes

ENID, Okla. (AP) - An Oklahoma couple driving home from church hit an animal - a really big one.
An elephant that escaped from a nearby circus collided with the couple's SUV Wednesday night when it ran across a rural highway in Enid, about 100 miles north of Oklahoma City.
Police say the 29-year-old elephant had escaped earlier that night from the Family Fun Circus at the Garfield County Fairgrounds. The couple weren't injured in the crash, but police say the elephant had a broken tusk and an injured leg.
Authorities say the elephant's tusk tore a hole in the SUV's sheet metal.
After the crash, the elephant was taken to a veterinary school for an exam. Dr. Dwight Olson says the elephant doesn't appear to have serious injuries.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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