It has been dubbed "The Greatest Show On Earth," and for the next few days, you can catch it at the Spokane Arena!
The Ringling Brothers And Barnum & Bailey Circus is having their opening show Wednesday night at the Spokane Arena and will have multiple shows going until Sunday.
Wednesday afternoon, KHQ had the opportunity to be there as three of the show's biggest stars were treated to a "spa day" of sorts. Patty, Dutchess and Carol, the three Asian Elephant stars of the show arrived in Spokane and given a bath and a buffet of fruits, vegetables, and bread. The two smaller elephants, Patty and Carol, are about 40 years old, and the larger of the three, Dutchess, is in her upper 40's. The elephants travel around the country in air conditioned trailers and are constantly being cared for by their own personal vet tech.
We were told that Asian elephants in the wild have a life expectancy of about 40-45 years, and because of the care and exercise the circus elephants get, their life expectancy is about 65 years. Once the elephants reach an average age of 60, they retire at a sanctuary in Florida.
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