Ringling Bros. shuts down the big top after 146 years
UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) — With laughter, hugs and tears — and the requisite death-defying stunts — the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus received its final standing ovation Sunday night as it performed its last show. Many of Ringling's employees are second, third and even fourth-generation circus performers, while others met their spouses while touring. Over the years, animal rights activists had targeted Ringling, saying that forcing animals to perform and transporting them around the country amounted to abuse. Ringling's parent company, Feld Entertainment, announced in January it would close the show, citing declining attendance and high operating costs. Earlier Sunday, a group of retired and former circus performers sat across the street at a hotel bar, laughing and hugging and sharing memories of tours past. [...] though, Feld executives said they knew the circus couldn't compete with iPhones, the internet, video games and massively branded and carefully marketed characters.
This Video Shows Why You Shouldn't Turn Your Back on a Big Cat
Big Cat Rescue of Tampa Florida is an educational non-breeding sanctuary that takes in abused and abandoned lions, tigers and other large felines. It has put together a video that shows why you shouldn’t turn your back on one of these creatures: it could be the last thing you do. This helps to demonstrate the effectiveness of a trick that people living and working near a tiger preserve in India had taken up: wearing a mask on the back of their head, which helped to deter tiger attacks during the late 1980s. To be fair, this advice probably applies to
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