This diary has NOTHING to do with chained CPI, filibuster, deficit, North Korea, or any of the other usual topics.  It's one of those stories that's too good to pass up.

From the Jackson, Mississippi, Clarion-Ledger:

An elephant with the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus was injured in an early morning drive-by shooting in downtown Tupelo on Tuesday but is expected to make a full recovery.

The elephant, one of several performing with the traveling circus, was in an enclosure outside the BancorpSouth Arena when it was hit by a bullet in the shoulder, said the arena’s marketing director, Kevan Kirkpatrick.

“We had have the circus once a year since 1995,” Kirkpatrick said. “Absolutely this is the first elephant shooting we had.”

A security guard on the scene was able to provide some information to the Tupelo Police Department, which is investigating but “leads are pretty slim,” said Tupelo Police Capt. Rusty Haynes. “We’re dealing with a victim that can’t talk.”

Speaking as an Old Redneck and a Mississippi Native, I think I know how this went down:  

Cleetus and Bubba spent most of the evening at the Dew Drop Inn, trying to score with one of the Fallen Angels who frequent the place.  Failing to score, they decided to get a six-pack to go and drive around a while.  

In the course of driving around, listening to Skynnyrd, Cleetus shouted:  "Holy Shit, Bubba!!!  Look at the size of that deer!!!!"

To which Bubba replied -- grabbing his .30-06 from the rifle rack:  "STOP THE TRUCK!!! Hold my beer and watch this!!!!  Dang, but that thing will look good mounted on the wall of my double-wide!!!"


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