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Viola of Cole Bros.Circus dragged with bullhook in ear - trumpets in pain

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Uploaded on Jun 24, 2011

Elephant trainer John Walker III hooks Viola the elephant inside the ear and drags her around the ring as she trumpets in pain. You can see at one point :32 he tugs the hook downwards and she leans down too. I have witnessed Walker constantly yelling at the elephants. I asked what the large elephants name was. He told me "I have many names for her but her name is Viola. It's one of those days" Viola seems to take the brunt of a lot of his anger and abuse.
In 2010 Viola escaped the circus and fell down an embankment. After 30 minutes they were able to recapture her. What if she had children on her back?

This footage was shown in the April 2013 HBO documentary "An Apology To Elephants" http://www.hbo.com/documentaries/an-a...

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