On August 20, 1994, Tyke—an elephant who had been chained, beaten, and forced to perform in the circus for most of her life—escaped.
In a panicked fight for freedom, she killed a trainer, seriously injured a groomer, and fled the arena, running through the streets of Honolulu for more than 30 minutes.
After law enforcement shot Tyke with 87 bullets, she collapsed, dead in the street.
This is video footage of her last day alive and her final fight for freedom.
To the people who exploited her, she was not a unique, intelligent, sensitive animal. She was labeled a “circus animal,” a “performer”—all because of the money she could make for the circus. Her last label was shouted to her as she lay bleeding in the streets: “f*cking animal.”
Honor her life. Mourn her death.
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