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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Lisa's a big girl who can pretty much raise a circus tent by herself



Lisa, one of three Indian elephants with the Kelly Miller Circus, helped circus workers raise the big top tent in Mascoutah Wednesday morning. - Tim Vizer/BND


News-Democrat
Thursday, Apr. 26, 2012
Lisa's a big girl in her mid-30's who can pretty much raise a circus tent by herself.
That's what she did Wednesday morning with Mascoutah elementary students watching.
Lisa, one of three Indian elephants with the Kelly Miller Circus, helped circus workers raise the tent Wednesday morning in a field across North Sixth Street from the Mascoutah Elementary School and Scheve Park in Mascoutah.


The circus has two performances at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, then they pack up and move to another city.
The circus is on the road 38 weeks out of the year. Its 87 employees all move from town-to-town.
The other two elephants owned by the circus are Tracy and Becky, also in their mid-30's. They can live to be about 70 years old.
Besides the elephants, the circus features aerialists, clowns, child acts, Argentinian gauchos, llamas, a zebra, ponies, a dog show, camels and Bengal tigers.



Students from the Mascoutah Elementary School applaud after Lisa the elephant helped workers raise the bigtop tent at the Kelly Miller Circus in Mascoutah Wednesday morning - Tim Vizer/BND
 
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