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MIPTV Picks 2015: Tyke Elephant Outlaw

In 1994, a circus elephant named Tyke went on a rampage in Honolulu, killing its trainer in front of thousands of spectators and then escaping from the arena and running through city streets. This special tells Tyke's story.
April 1, 2015


Partners: Jumping Dog Productions; distributed by ABC Content Sales
Length: 1 x 80 minutes; 1 x 55 minutes
Rights available: Worldwide
Airing: TBA
In 1994, a circus elephant named Tyke went on a rampage in Honolulu, killing its trainer in front of thousands of spectators and then escaping from the arena and running through city streets. It took 86 gun shots to bring Tyke down. The event was filmed in its entirety, and while this documentary features some of that footage, it endeavors to tell the story behind the incident and its aftermath through interviews with former trainers and handlers, members of the circus industry, eyewitnesses and animal rights activists.

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Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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