A circus veterinarian says the Asian elephant wounded in a drive-by shooting in Mississippi should be fully recovered within a few weeks.
Meanwhile, a reward for information leading to an arrest has climbed to $21,000.
Dr. Dennis Schmitt, a Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus veterinarian, says the 39-year-old Asian elephant named Carol will be taken home to Springfield, Mo., to recuperate.
Schmitt says the bullet hit Carol in the neck just above the shoulder, but it missed any major blood vessels or nerves.
Schmitt says the elephant has been alert and active since the injury.
Police Chief Tony Carleton says a vehicle drove past Tupelo BancorpSouth Arena about 2 a.m. and fired into the area. Police are investigating.
WCBI (Columbus, MS) is reporting that the reward amount is now $26,250.
Feld Entertainment, Inc. producer of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus is contributing $10,000 to the reward fund. George Carden Circus International is contributing $10,000, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is contributing $5,000, Crimestoppers of Northeast Mississippi is contributing $1,000, and former Mississippi 1st Congressional District Representative Travis Childers is contributing $250.
Anyone with information concerning the shooting of the elephant should contact the: USFWS's Grenada Office of Law Enforcement at 662-227-0990, USFWS's Jackson Office of Law Enforcement at 601-965-4699, or call CrimeStoppers at 1-800-773-8477.