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Tuesday, November 9, 2010



Fire Department Teams Us With Elephant To Educate Children
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Charlotte Fire Department teamed up with “Judy” the giant elephant on Friday to encourage children at Tuckaseegee Elementary School in West Charlotte to change their clocks back and change their batteries in their smoke detectors.

"Judy" is a 50-year-old, 6,800 pound, Indian elephant from the UniverSoul Circus that put on a show for the children performing amazing elephant sized stunts. The children "oohed and ahhhed" as she lifted one leg at the request of her handler and even layed down allowing a member of the fire department and the school to ride on her back.

The children watched in amazement as the mammoth elephant walked slowly in a straight line up and down the parking lot so that each and every kid could touch her head or trunk.


Fire and Life Safety educators and members of the Charlotte Fire Dept. took advantage of this event and talked to the children about fire safety and what to do in case of a fire at their home.

All the children received homework for the weekend … change their clocks back and change the batteries in their smoke detectors.

It might have taken a gigantic elephant to get the message across, but it's a message that could save lives in the event of a fire.

The UniverSoul Circus is coming to Charlotte for some great family entertainment Nov. 16-21 at the Freedom Mart Shopping Center located on Freedom Drive.

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