The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus will stop in Raleigh at the PNC Arena for eight shows starting Thursday. But unlike past years, there won't be an animal walk where the public can watch the elephants and other animals unloaded from the long circus train and walked into PNC Arena.
The circus is wrapping up its shows in Atlanta now. Here's a statement from Feld Entertainment, the company that produces the circus:
"In each city where it performs, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey thoroughly reviews a variety of factors that may affect transportation of our animals from the train to the venue.
This decision is made case-by-case. Many times, but not always, the mode of transportation is an animal walk. There are also cases when it is in the best interest of animals to be transported by trailer.
Because of our arrival time in Raleigh this year, which will be impacted by a series of changes to our show and travel schedule due to the inclement weather in Atlanta last week, and in the interest of safety, time and use of city resources, Ringling Bros. will transport our elephants to the PNC Arena by trailer this year."
In past years, the animals have been unloaded from the train on Hillsborough Street across from Dorton Arena on the N.C. State Fairgrounds before they make their way to PNC Arena.
Ringling Bros. runs Thursday to Feb. 23 at the PNC Arena. Tickets start at $15 plus fees ($13 on opening night). Click here for details.