In an unusual flurry of events in Russia, two circus elephants broke free to enjoy in snow. The elephants - 45-year-old Carla and 50-year-old Roni, are part of an Italian circus which was passing through the city on its way to St. Petersburg. Carla and Roni are owned by the Togni family, one of the largest Italian circus dynasties still active today. Both the elephants broke free from their handlers while travelling to St Petersburg and did not obey their handlers while they were trying their best to stop the wild creatures. The elephants ended up blocking the centre of Ekaterinburg and wandered around the city, rolling in the snow and having fun.
Social media platforms were flooded with pictures and videos of these two circus elephants playing in the snow. Sergey Bondarchuk, circus art director and host said, “The elephants have their own character and emotions, they are very smart. They walked outside and got very happy from seeing the snow, the trees and the pedestrians whom they took for spectators. We love our animals a lot, they are our family. They too love the circus, they get bored without work. Our animals will live and die with us, they won’t survive in the wild”. A spokesman for Ekaterinburg State Circus said, “Roni stayed by one of the trees while Carla walked towards a pile of snow. The elephants wanted to get some new experiences before a long journey, and they got them”. The animals were eventually controlled by their handlers and put into their assigned trucks.