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Originally published: 2013-07-10 13:16:47
Last modified: 2013-07-10 13:17:31

Timely Truths

Jamie Shell / (

Some years back, I read a story of an incident that happened many years ago in England. A circus elephant, named Bozo, was very popular with the public. Children especially loved to crowd around his cage and throw him peanuts. Then one day, there was a sudden change in the elephant’s personality. Several times he tried to kill his keeper. When children came near his cage, he would charge toward them as if wanting to trample them to death. It was obvious he would have to be destroyed.

The circus owner, a greedy and crude man, decided to stage a public execution of the animal. In this way, he could sell tickets and try to recoup some of the cost of losing such a valuable property.

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