Elephants and donkeys stroll across Capitol Hill
March 22nd, 2011
06:00 PM ET
12 years ago

Elephants and donkeys stroll across Capitol Hill

Washington DC (CNN) - On any given day photojournalists in Washington can be found chasing Democrats and Republicans alike around the halls of the U.S. Capitol.

Tuesday, however, the political circus–was different.

While most politicians have left town for the week, cameras were rolling as tourists and locals witnessed actual elephants and donkeys strolling across Capitol Hill.

It was all part of the annual Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Pachyderm parade.

The small donkeys, which don't regularly travel with the circus, seemed skittish next to the massive elephants that regularly march through towns across America.

This year Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey celebrates circus legend PT Barnum's 200th birthday as they kick off 'Barnum 200.'

The animals arrived in Washington via train Tuesday afternoon, and marched through the city, along with clowns and horses, en route to the Verizon Center, where they will perform later this week.

- CNN's John Bodnar contributed to this story

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soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. toiletsnake

    Can't these people finally give up hauling wild animals around for show?

    March 22, 2011 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  2. T'sah from Virginia

    Maybe they should remain there and the ones on vacation should stay home!!!

    March 22, 2011 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  3. 100% ETH

    I think, I know who sent them to be a TAILGATES.

    ...Some under/over paid thugs.

    March 23, 2011 07:22 am at 7:22 am |
  4. Dawn Ada, Ohio

    Just like in real life, the elephants left a whole lot more crap behind than the donkeys did.

    March 23, 2011 07:26 am at 7:26 am |
  5. diridi

    good circus.....who is the ring leader.....GOP idiots....????? What a nonsense, and wasting time and money.....I bet these are from Zoo....just take the kids and enjoy.....o.k.

    March 23, 2011 09:03 am at 9:03 am |