August 20, 1994
Tyke, a female elephant kept in a circus, killed her trainer during a performance in Honolulu to escape her life of misery and abuse. Tyke then bolted from the arena and ran through downtown streets for more than thirty minutes. Police fired 86 shots at Tyke, who eventually died two hours later.
On April 21, 1993, 16 months before the incident in Hawaii, Tyke ripped through the front doors of the Jaffa Mosque during a performance and ran out of control for an hour in Altoona, Pennsylvania. An estimated 4,500 school children had to leave the building as it was evacuated, and the rampage caused more than $14,000 in damage.
On the next day April 22, 1993 Tyke had also attacked a tiger trainer while the circus was in Altoona.
On July 23, 1993 that Tyke “ran amok at the North Dakota State Fair in Minot, N.D., trampling and injuring a handler and frightening the crowd as she ran uncontrolled for 25 minutes.”