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Sunday night marked the last and final show for the dancing, twirling, talented elephants at the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.

Ringings final 11 performing elephants took the stage in Pennsylvania and Rhode Island on Sunday for the last time, ending 145 years of circus tradition by “The Greatest Show On Earth.”

“This is a very emotional time for us,” Ringmaster Johnathan Lee Iverson told the crowd in Providence, Rhode Island.

“We love our girls,” Lee said of the elephants. “Thank you so much for so many years of joy. That’s history tonight there, ladies and gentlemen, true American icons.”

The move to retire the elephants from the famous show comes after years of protests by animal rights activists. “(It’s) nothing more than a breeding facility, where elephants are chained for approximately 16 hours a day or more in concrete-floored barns and still beaten with bullhooks,” PETA’s Arth said. “When they’re allowed outside, they’re confined to small, virtually barren paddocks.”

Ryan Henning, animal trainer at the show for 12 years, called the change “bittersweet” and said the one moment he will miss most is when the curtain opens for the first time. “When the elephants peek through the curtain … the crowd’s reaction just goes crazy,” he said.

The elephants will now live at the 200-acre Center for Elephant Conservation in Florida with the rest of the retired elephants.

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Exclusive: The Bullet Scars That Will Forever Haunt Sheryl Lee Ralph’s Son, Etienne Maurice



Sheryl Lee Ralph shared a graphic photo on Instagram earlier this week of her son, Etienne Maurice, laying in a hospital bed bandaged up from bullet wounds. The purpose of the image was to be yet another voice calling to end gun violence.

On Wednesday, students across the country walked out of class to protest against gun violence, something that hit home for Ralph four years ago. “This mother wants #gunreform now! #guncontrol now,” she wrote.

It was during a night out in West Philadelphia that Ralph’s then 22-year-old child was robbed at gunpoint and shot three times; twice in the leg and one which grazed his forehead.

So as Ralph joined Wednesday’s national conversation about gun laws, HipHollywood talked exclusively with Etienne who shared exactly what went down the night a gun could have taken his life for good.

“I was shot four years ago, November 9 … I was black out drunk. The next thing I know I remember I woke up in the hospital, doctor said I had two bullet holes in my leg and a grazed bullet hole above my eyebrow.”

Maurice, who was robbed for his iPhone and his wallet, went on to tell us that this is something that he is reminded of constantly. “Having been shot is something that I carry with me every day. I still have numbness at the bottom of my leg from the nerve damage.”

And while he will always remember how he felt knowing his life almost ended, Etienne had a hard time fathoming how his famous mother felt. “We had the conversation about it last week and she said she peed on herself,” he told us.

For Maurice, he’s proud to see young children use their voices to make change. “There’s so many angles where we can talk about gun violence and how it’s effecting different communities,” he said. “Gun reform needs to take place now.”

Since that night, he hasn’t picked up a drink and has been now sober for four years. As for the suspects, a father-son duo, they are behind bars for attempted man slaughter.

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