Barnum’s Critters

Barnum’s animals have escaped!

Here’s an update about the situation from Inside Edition.

Of course, unlike the iconic crackers themselves, the news about them is bittersweet because The Greatest Show on Earth ceased operation back in May 2017.

Have you ever wondered what happened to Barnum & Bailey’s real animals?

Here’s a short segment from NBC Nightly News about the demise of the circus as well as the fate of the animals.

So, the show may go on for some of the animals in other circuses in Europe, but the elephants retired to the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Center for Elephant Conservation.

It turns out that they are having quite a nice time there. Believe it or not, between meals and playtime, they are even busy participating in cancer research!

Here’s a brief GeoBeats segment with more specifics about the research.

These articles have a lot more information about research on elephants and their “zombie gene” that protects them from cancer.
A Zombie Gene Protects Elephants From Cancer (Iviane Callier, Wired)
Elephants Are Strangely Resistant to Cancer – And We May Finally Know Why (Michelle Starr, Science Alert)

How fascinating and informative is that!?!

However, truth be told, when I planned to do this post, I thought it was going to be about something more entertaining than scientific.

That’s because I mistakenly assumed that the timing of the story about Animal Crackers was intended to coincide with the release of an adorable new movie of the same name. It was scheduled to be released this month, and it features the voice talents of John Krasinski, Emily Blunt, Ian McKellen, Sylvester Stallone and Danny DeVito as well as original songs by Huey Lewis and the News, Howard Jones and Michael Bublé. Here’s a trailer for the movie.

Alas, it looks like Animal Crackers got ensnared in some difficulties on their way to theaters.
Animal Crackers: Making The Film Was Hard, Finding Distribution Is Even Harder (Ko Ricker, Cartoon Brew)

Hopefully the movie will make it to theaters soon. In the meantime, there are other fun places you can go to see exotic animals perform.

If you happen to be in New York, you could go catch a live show of The Lion King on Broadway. Here’s a 360° video of the song Circle of Life.

The demise of the circus was overstated, too.

Ringling Bros. And Barnum & Bailey may be gone, but the Big Apple Circus is still around and maybe even coming to a town near you. In case you’ve never been to one of their performances, here’s a 360° video preview.

Check out the earlier post Lions, and Tigers and Bears

Find out more about circuses, elephants and animals in general …