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cff.JPG“Dumbo,” the elephant who killed a circus worker Friday evening in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, gave rides and performed in daily shows at this year’s Osceola County Fair (February 12-21) in Kissimmee, the Central Florida Fair (February 25-March 7) in Orlando and at the Sarasota County Fair (March 19-28).

According to The Times Leader newspaper, the elephant stomped on the circus worker between performances of the Irem Shrine Circus. The worker was alone with Dumbo at the time, so what led to the incident may never be known.

Dumbo, owned by Terry Frisco of Illinois and Florida, frequently performs with circuses and at county fairs across the eastern United States. Dumbo was captured in Africa in the early 1980s and imported into the United States.

This is not the first time that a circus elephant has stomped, crushed or gored someone, and it won’t be the last. This tragic incident could have happened here in Florida. Please contact the fairs that hosted Dumbo in 2010 and urge them not to include elephants or other potentially dangerous circus acts in future fairs.


Charles Price, General Manager
Central Florida Fair
E-mail: cff@centralfloridafair.com or or Charlie@centralfloridafair.com
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Dale Davis, President
Osceola County Fair
E-mail: kvls@kua.net

Julie Kennedy, Executive Secretary
Sarasota County Fair      
E-mail: saracofair@aol.com
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One Response to “Circus elephant in deadly incident was a frequent visitor to Florida”

  1. on 20 Apr 2010 at 10:14 pm debbie lusk

    this is crazy.. Why would you stop them from coming back. I know they’ve been at our fair for many years and never an incident! My children and i have enjoyed seeing the circus and hope you will keep them coming!!! I have never seen any abuse at the Fair and believe you me We seen them daily. PETA really needs to get a life and save human lives as well as animals..

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