Circus elephants prepare to partake in Thanksgiving pumpkins

TAMPA, Fla. - As families across the country prepare for their Thanksgiving meal, the elephants of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus will be enjoying their own special feast right here in Tampa.

The circus is in town preparing for its once in a millenium event that honors The Year of the Dragon, which premieres at the beginning of 2012.

But before the big show goes on, the elephants will chow down on a special menu including a mix of pumpkins, fruit, bread and other holiday treats on Thanksgiving. 

Celebrating with the munching pachyderms will be circus families and special guests. Children from the Tampa Metropolitan YMCA will be in attendance for a once in a life time experience with the elephants.

The celebration starts at 10 a.m. at the Florida State fairgrounds.

 Ringling Bros. & Barnum & Bailey Presents Drangons is a never seen before show that brings together mystic dragon lore with authentic circus feats that will premier Its worldwide premier opens at the St Pete Times Forum January 4-8.

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