By Gillette Vaira
Mar 27, 2012
BILLINGS - The circus has come to town, and they have brought with them some very special entertainers. Esa, a 41-year-old Asian elephant, puts on circus shows across the U.S. ten months out of the year. Her trainer gives her daily baths and a pedicure every three to four weeks.
When she's not getting primped, she likes to eat. She has three to four bales of grass and 200 gallons of water a day. She also eats 50 pounds of sweet feed each night, and her trainer said she could eat boxes and boxes of apples.
"Like you see, she likes to play, check everything out," said Habib Omar, an elephant trainer. "She loves kids. I mean she likes to be around people. Her and Bonnie. Bonnie is the other one."
You can meet Esa and the other elephant in the circus, Bonnie, in Billings this week before or after the show or during intermission. You can catch them and their friends performing in the Al Bedoo Shrine Circus Wednesday through Sunday at 4 and 7 p.m. at the Shrine Auditorium. They'll also have a 1 p.m. showing on Saturday and Sunday.