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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THIS IS SO DISGUSTING WHY WOULD PEOPLE HURT ANIMALS. I AM IN TEARS RIGHT NOW. I HOPE THESE PEOPLE ROT IN HELL, THEY DON’T DESERVE TO BE IN HEAVEN WITH THESE BEAUTIFUL ANIMALS. IT WAS TRAGIC HOW SHE DIED YOU COULD SEE THE FEAR AND PAIN IN HER EYES BUT AT LEAST SHE IS NOW IN A BETTER PLACE WITH GOD AND ANGELS WHO WILL TAKE GOOD CARE OF HER.
I hate the majority of the people in this world. Bawling right now tbh didn’t bother me when Tyke was kicking people. They deserved that. but when Tyke was lying on the floor vulnerable.. Those people clearly don’t have a heart for a poor abused animal. R.I.P Tyke you will be remembered <3
people who are good dont get shot down becuase they run away from abuse but when an animal does it they shot it no thoughts. this actully made me cry. i cried for the thought of her being shot. but also i cry for happiness becuase she is finally free from all the bs in her life. she is free now and happy. and she died free no gates no limits…