The Garden Bros Circus, which travels across the country throughout the year, has a record of tasering and beating elephants with sharp metal bullhooks during training sessions. In 2014, ADI was on-site to witness Isa lash out from stress and attack another elephant during training in Utah.
Despite the conflict, she was still forced to perform and give rides to children that same day.
Both elephants, who were taken from the wild when they were babies, have made multiple attempts to escape their circus enclosures. Isa was born in 1970 and captured a year later, while Viola’s capture date is unclear.