Circus elephants run away in Russia to play in the snow

The Russian city of Yekaterinburg witnessed two elephants having fun in the snow after they ran away from a visiting circus. The two elephants 45-year-old Carla and 50-year-old Roni are Indian Elephants part of an Italian Circus crew passing through the city on their way to St Petersburg.

The two animals were quick to go viral on social media with photos and videos of them playing around in the snow.  The duo is announced to be the star performers of the Italian Circus to be held at Bolshoi State, Saint Petersburg. 

They were taken out for a walk before the long journey to Saint Petersburg by their handlers when they decided to break free. Circus art director and host Sergey Bondarchuk told Russian state media: “The elephants have their own character and emotions, they are very smart.”

“They walked outside and got very happy from seeing the snow, the trees and the pedestrians whom they took for spectators. Roni stayed by one of the trees while Carla walked towards a pile of snow.”

The giant mammals were filmed rolling in the snow and ignoring handlers’ attempts to get them back. They didn’t seem to be affected by the cold, instead, they spend time snow bathing. Handlers were able to get ropes around one of the elephant’s front legs eventually. It took around a dozen people to finally get the animal marching towards its truck.

“We love our animals a lot, they are our family. They too love the circus, they get bored without work. Our animals will live and die with us, they won’t survive in the wild,” says Bondarchuk. 


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