Circus worker dances on the body of a dying 48 year old elephant after she collapsed while bathing in a river
A shocking video has emerged showing Madi, a 48-year-old Indian elephant, slowly drowning as the circus owner’s brother jumps around on her as she sinks under the surface.
Horrified witnesses made the 40 minute video when Madi, from Germany’s Universal Circus Renz, was taken to a river to bath during a tour of Estonia.
As Madi, clearly frail and in distress, stumbles onto her side into the water, the zoo owner’s brother Rene Renz leaps onto her back and begins clowning around for spectators.
Even when the stricken animal sinks dying under the surface of the water in Narva, Renz leaps from its back in a comic dive for more laughs.
Madi had been on an extended tour of Estonia as a special attraction at Rene Renz’s travelling show.
Now the circus owner Daniel Renz and brother Rene are under investigation for alleged animal cruelty.
Local Green MP Ursula Hammann said: ‘There needs to be an official government inquiry.’
Animal rights activists of Pro Wildlife have made a formal complaint to the region’s veterinary office.
‘It is a truly shocking scene. The animal is clearly old and frail,’ said one campaigner.