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Lucky Circus Animals Escape a Burning Truck in Indiana

Circus animals saved from burning truck
Screenshot from YouTube Video by Inside Edition

Circus animals recently escaped the confines of a truck that caught fire on the northeastern Indiana highway!

Chaos

Screenshot from Circus Animals Rescued From Burning Truck. Source: Youtube, Uploaded: Insider Guide

Something bizarre and incredible went down on a highway in northeastern Indiana, which left both animal enthusiasts and law enforcement completely blown away. On a Saturday morning, a truck carrying zebras and camels heading for a weekend circus caught fire on Interstate 69 in Grant County. The whole scene resulted in chaos, prompting a police rescue mission as the animals roamed freely on the road, casually munching on some grass.

Dramatic Rescue

Screenshot from Circus Animals Rescued From Burning Truck. Source: Youtube, Uploaded: Insider Guide

The tractor-trailer carrying four camels, five zebras, and a miniature horse caught fire at 2 a.m. Two quick-thinking cops—a Grant County Sheriff’s deputy and a state trooper—and a third individual sprang into action.

High Risk, High Reward

Screenshot from Circus Animals Rescued From Burning Truck. Source: Youtube, Uploaded: Insider Guide

They risked smoke inhalation as they assisted the scared animals out of the smoke-filled trailer and to safety. Thankfully, neither the cops nor the animals got hurt during the astonishing rescue.

Highway Scene

Screenshot from Circus Animals Rescued From Burning Truck. Source: Youtube, Uploaded: Insider Guide

The Grant County Sheriff’s Office shared unbelievable pictures and videos of zebras and camels roaming the highway alongside law enforcement officers. One video showed zebras chewing some grass several miles east of Marion, creating an unconventional yet picturesque scene.

Double Take

Screenshot from Circus Animals Rescued From Burning Truck. Source: Youtube, Uploaded: Insider Guide

The video is like a slice of the wild unexpectedly dropped into the midst of concrete, as the images make you double-take, questioning if you’re in the middle of some extraordinary dream.

Circus Travel Went Wrong

Screenshot from Circus Animals Rescued From Burning Truck. Source: Youtube, Uploaded: Insider Guide

The ill-fated truck was traveling from Florida to Fort Wayne, transporting the animals for four-weekend circus performances in the northern Indiana city. All this was part of the Mizpah Shrine Circus‘ annual fundraising event, which raises money for the Shrine Centre in Fort Wayne. According to the circus director (Steve Trump), the crew noticed a problem with the vehicle during a stop on the highway, which led to the discovery of the quickly expanding fire.

Truck Destroyed, Animals Safely Relocated

Screenshot from Circus Animals Rescued From Burning Truck. Source: Youtube, Uploaded: Insider Guide

Despite the damage to the truck, Fort Wayne summoned a second vehicle to rescue the animals. They arrived at Fort Wayne’s Memorial Coliseum, ready for their roles in the upcoming family-friendly circus acts over the weekend. Trump expressed his relief at the animals being safe. The collective sigh of relief at the end demonstrates that even with a minor setback, things can still turn out for the best.

Unusual Roadside Attraction

mountain zebra
Cape mountain zebra. Image via Bernard DUPONT from FRANCE, CC BY-SA 2.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Deputy Brent Ressett, a part of the Grant County Sheriff’s Office, couldn’t help but acknowledge how bizarre the whole thing was. The sight of zebras and camels chilling out while munching away on grass will be something folks won’t forget in a hurry. The unusual spectacle quickly became the talk of the town, leaving residents both amused and perplexed by the unlikely pasture party.

The Video

Camel in the desert, Wahiba Oman. Image via Depositphotos

Watch the video here.

Conclusion

Cape Mountain Zebra
Credit: Bernard DUPONT from FRANCE – Cape Mountain Zebra (Equus zebra zebra), CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=56559131

In a gratifying turn of events, the animals emerged from the encounter unharmed, and the hospital discharged the police officers after treating them for smoke inhalation. The circus management commended the swift action taken by the local fire department. The episode serves as a reminder of the unexpected nature of travel, even for circus artists, and the significance of a quick and efficient response.

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