The Heartbreaking Story of Tyke The Circus Elephant

This is one of most heartbreaking stories ever told about animal cruelty. Recently, the story of Tyke the elephant started to circulate agai...

The Heartbreaking Story of Tyke The Circus Elephant

This is one of most heartbreaking stories ever told about animal cruelty. Recently, the story of Tyke the elephant started to circulate again in the Internet. Tyke is a circus elephant that was mercilessly killed by policemen because she managed to escape the circus where she was tortured and forced to perform for 12 years.

The Heartbreaking Story of Tyke The Circus Elephant

Tyke never lived free in the vast African savannah. She was robbed from her natural habitat when she's still a baby. Most of her life was spent in the grueling atmosphere at a circus located in Honolulu, Hawaii. Tired of the constant whippings and abuse by her masters, she attempted to escape.

The Heartbreaking Story of Tyke The Circus Elephant

During her attempt, she managed to injure and kill her handlers and some circus staff. After her rampage in the circus, she made her way out of the city vicinity. The circus staff was alarmed that Tyke may hurt more people outside and they called the police.

The Heartbreaking Story of Tyke The Circus Elephant

What happened next, shocked the world. The police apprehended the outraged Tyke in one of the most horrific way possible. They could've asked for tranquilizers and nerve agents to calm the raging elephant. But they did the painful and short way to solve their 'problem'. They shot the poor elephant 86 times. The reaction of her eyes staring at the camera made Tyke's fate more heartbreaking.

The Heartbreaking Story of Tyke The Circus Elephant

This incident happened in 1994. The incident attracted widespread outrage among animal welfare communities and even ordinary people. It is a proof that we should consider animals as an object of mere entertainment. They have their lives too, it is not Tyke's pure intention to kill and endure people, it was caused by many factors for Tyke to act that way.

The Heartbreaking Story of Tyke The Circus Elephant

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