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PHOTOS: Cole Bros' Elephants Enjoy a Bath

The Cole Brother’s 'Circus of the Stars' is from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday

As two elephants walked to the parking lot of the Jones Road soccer fields, one grabbed hold of the other's tail.

Chang and Lulu, elephants from the Cole Brothers circus, basked as members of the hosed them down on Saturday morning, opening their mouths wide to get a drink.

“It was awesome,” said James Ivins of the Forked River Fire Company. “I’ve never been that close to an elephant before. I’m a 45-year-old kid.”

Chang laid down as if he were taking a break from the active lifestyle of show business. He would later be performing for Jersey Shore residents.

This is the second year the Forked River Fire Company partnered with Cole Brothers for a fundraiser.

President Jim Granato had found a letter from the circus company two years ago and thought the partnership could really benefit the fire company.

The fire company sells tickets at the department two weeks prior to the show, receiving a portion of the proceeds. Last year, the company earned approximately $7,000.

“It’s a win-win,” Granato said. “It helps us. Everyone who went last year enjoyed it.”

Prior to heading back to the Cole Brothers’ tent to prepare for the big day, Chang and Lulu were fed dozens of apples. 

The tips of their trunks grabbed the apples like a vacuum. They then curled their trunks to toss the apple in their mouths and swallowed the fruit whole, one after another. Chang and Lulu’s trunks went from person to person looking for more. 

The Cole Brothers “Circus of the Stars” is from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday.

The show features the elephants, tigers, French poodles, springboard gymnasts, a Russian Barre routine, a magician, the human cannonball, clowns and more.

laceys_craziest August 08, 2012 at 06:55 AM
im going to to tel u right now.. i used to work at the CARNIVAL.. guess what.. u will spent 3 or 4 time as much at the carnival then the circus.. that games are rigged so that u spend more money.. cotton candy..5 a bag or 7 for a large.. large drinks 4 .. games each a dollar or 2... a book of tickets 42 bucks.. if u got 3 kids.. each kid will go on a ride about 4 or 5 times.. i been there i kno
laceys_craziest August 08, 2012 at 06:55 AM
I LOVE THE CIRCUS
laceys_craziest August 08, 2012 at 07:00 AM
my CHILD dont not own a xbox..1 to little.. and 2 i NEVER had a xbox so my child wouldnt either.. ps im not that old... so... i never had more then a ps2 so dont open ur mouth please unless u know
Ellie August 08, 2012 at 01:43 PM
Shame on parents who ignore all the evidences of this circus animal abuse to keep the circus nostalgia alive for their children. If children knew the truth about the animals they love you wouldn't be able to drag a child to the Big Top.
JJS August 08, 2012 at 02:50 PM
@laceys_craziest well then have fun supporting animal cruelty. People like you are the reason i get so frustrated with the world. Honestly, humans these days are disgusting and cruel.

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