Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus closed Sunday after a last spectacle

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It had not survived the last year’s exit of its most famed performers, the elephants. In 1898, when Ringling’s “World’s Greatest Show” first made its way to the nation’s capital, some 15,000 people applauded “one of the finest zoological exhibits extant” which included tropical birds, a hippo, zebras, 400 horses and 25 elephants. Now, Ringling Bros. Ringmaster Johnathan Lee Iverson told the media that the last show was “one of these wonderful dynamic miracles in the annals of time, and that’s where it’s going,” to be “in the memories of many people for years to come.” Ringling’s absence leaves about 23 circuses on the road, of various size and format, in the United States today. While the circus was ending, PETA group, as animal rights advocates, is concerned over where the animals may go next. “All of the animals, including the [elephants] should be sent to reputable sanctuaries,” they say. The circus has been a part of an international entertainment firm with its headquarters in Ellenton, Florida.

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