Authorities in southern Spain say one elephant has died and four others were injured after a circus truck tipped over on a major highway, provoking an outcry among animal rights defenders. The truck overturned on Monday on the highway linking Albacete with Murcia after overtaking another long vehicle said Albacete’s Civil Guard spokesman Jose Amado.
He said the movement of the five female elephants could have destabilized the truck.
The driver wasn’t injured, but one of the elephants died at the scene. The four surviving elephants, three of them with minor cuts, and one with injured legs- are being treated by veterinarians in a public facility before being moved to a clinic for further recovery.
Animal rights groups say the accident is the latest example of how circuses are a danger for wild animals.