Two elephants who scared the circus crowd by fighting during a show are not allowed to perform after one of them broke a trainer’s spine trying to end their last fight
- Female giants had people flee the circus last week as they collided with each other
- Now their trainer Eduard Sheishenbekov has been injured in their latest scrap metal
- The 29-year-old was sent flying when he intervened, breaking his back and ribs
- Elephants are prohibited from acting on retirement plans
Two circus elephants fighting for terrified children and parents are not allowed to perform after one of them broke a trainer’s spine.
There were scenes of chaos and panic last week as the female giants in the Russian city of Kazan competed with spectators running to the exits of the great summit.
Now one of the two – named Jenny and Magda – has sent trainer Eduard Sheishenbekov, 29, after trying to break up their last fight.
He sustained two vertebral fractures, broken ribs and a punctured lung.
Drama: Two elephants were beaten in scenes of chaos in a Russian circus in a duel that an agent suggested could be caused by jealousy
Trainer Eduard Sheishenbekov, 29, (pictured with Magda and Jenny) was sent off in a behind-the-scenes incident. He sustained two vertebral fractures, broken ribs and a punctured lung
Floored: Circus trainers watch as one of the elephants is knocked to the ground during the performance in Kazan
On the way to the exit: spectators flee the arena after the two elephants suffered blows as trainers desperately tried to control them
Trainer Eduard Sheishenbekov, 29, (pictured with the animals, left, and in a snap on social media, right) suffered two vertebral fractures, broken ribs and a punctured lung.
A long-running show involving the pair has been canceled due to the Indian elephants’ ‘inability’ to re-enter the ring after the incidents.
The aggressive behavior calls for a ban on live animal shows that are popular in Russia.
Ringmaster Ramil Sharifullin said, “I can’t imagine how I can stop the elephants from thundering at the audience if they want to.”
Discussions are underway about the animals’ retirement to a zoo or safari park.
The injured trainer underwent surgery for his ‘serious’ injuries after trying to stop another show of aggression between the animals.
A source said: ‘The cleaning lady accidentally got involved in the fight of the female elephants.
He was not the target of the attack.
“Magda and Jenny have always treated people with great care.”
There were no injuries in the ring last week when hundreds watched a £ 10 million performance at the Kazan State Circus, but spectators fled the show.
The two females – both long-standing circus performers – had been in a “ conflict ” five years ago, Sharifullin said.
The circus later claimed that ‘jealousy’ may have been behind the brawl.
“Possibly in pursuing the trainer’s attention, what happened was a manifestation of the companion of love – jealousy,” a statement from the circus said.
Stampede: The audience disappeared from the venue as the elephants fought on the side of the ring, although the ringmaster said no one was hurt
The circus animals pose on platforms during a performance in Kazan
The two elephants, Magda and Jenny, got into an argument during the dramatic show in Kazan
The circus said that “in addition, the pandemic and the lack of communication with spectators have certainly taken their toll on the animals.”
“Thanks to the well-coordinated work of all circus services, the unexpected situation came to a happy end,” said the circus.
“Jenny and Magda are calm, well fed and in good physical shape right now… we sincerely apologize for what happened.”
The show was cut short and the following night’s performance was canceled and tickets refunded.