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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.

About The Author
Selina Chignall joins the realscreen team as a staff writer. Prior to working with rs, she covered lobbying activity at Hill Times Publishing. She also spent a year covering the Hill as a journalist with iPolitics. Her beat focused on youth, education, democratic reform, innovation and infrastructure. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from Western University and a Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.

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