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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Caring for circus animals requires time, respect
Staff Photo: Jonathan Phillips
Ginny Frisco feeds pieces of bread to Sundara and Kelly-Ann as she and her son Joey Frisco III talk about the animals they love, care for and train at the animal enclosure for the Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus at the Arena at Gwinnett Center on Wednesday.
FEB 23, 2011
By Carole Townsend, Staff Correspondent
DULUTH — The Arena at Gwinnett Center has hosted some exciting events in the past, but this week for the first time it is home to Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus. More specifically, the Arena is temporarily home to elephants, tigers, horses, goats, a rescue dog named Lika, llamas, ponies and an African Watusi named “Pee Wee.”
The show rolled into Gwinnett for a one-week stint in Atlanta at Philips Arena, rumbling in on a 61-car train and 12 flatbed semis. In just about seven hours, the animal compound was set up and ready to hold the majestic creatures showcased in the Greatest Show on Earth. The elephants, all Asian and all female except for a male named Irving, spend much of the day outside in pens. Sand and hay are provided to the animals as “enrichment” materials; the elephants pick up the material and throw it onto their backs.
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