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ON TAPE: The Day Tyke Fought Back

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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.

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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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  • 68 days ago

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    No! No! No! What kind of humanity are we?!!!!

  • 70 days ago

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    This is horrible!. I couldn’t even fix my mind to watch the video after reading this. tragic end of majestic creature….

  • Profile photo of IeshaValerie

    153 days ago

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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.

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    162 days ago

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    I pledge to never attend a circus that uses animals. They have no respect for the amazing creatures they are exploiting.

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    194 days ago

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    So sad!! :(

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    205 days ago

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    It’s heartbreaking how clearly you can see the fear in her eyes.

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    210 days ago

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    It’s heartbreaking to see this, but it’s heartwarming to know she doesn’t have to go through all of that anymore . :c

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    210 days ago

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    I just don’t know how people can be so cruel.

    RIP Tyke.

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    224 days ago

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    These people are the ultimate disgrace of the human race.

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    226 days ago

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    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

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    229 days ago

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    Truly heartbreaking. Tyke may you forever be loved and remembered.

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    235 days ago

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    i cant actually finish watching this. I had to stop it before the end. It made me feel so sick.

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      212 days ago

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      It made me feel sick too. Tyke was a hero, she freed herself from the bastards!!!

  • Profile photo of samisami

    238 days ago

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    I am literally bawling. the poor baby didn’t deserve any of that.

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    242 days ago

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    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…

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    242 days ago

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    Rest In Peace Tyke. You will not be forgotten.

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    242 days ago

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    wow that just hurt me

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    242 days ago

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    I cried watching that humans are animals
    I hate mean people down with circuses

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    249 days ago

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    lets protest at circuses!

  • 249 days ago

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    Circuses all over the world are wicked and cruel .i hope the others countries take all animals out of their shows.America hopefully will lead the way.

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    250 days ago

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    Sad…

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    251 days ago

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    So sad!

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    251 days ago

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    Poor lil Tyke.. :'( :'( … makes me wanna cry..
    Hope those who shot her are punished severely by the almighty god..

  • 251 days ago

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    BASTARDS ASSASSINS I NEVER FORGIVE THEM !

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    252 days ago

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    This is so unimaginably cruel. I can see it in her eyes. I honour you Tkye Rest in Peace

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    252 days ago

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    Fuc* the circus…

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    252 days ago

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    This has me in tears. Some people are so full of shit.

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    253 days ago

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    Poor thing, she just wanted to be free.

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    253 days ago

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    Brb crying.

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    254 days ago

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    Not ok oh my that poor animal!