#TBT: Elephants in a Maastricht park

#ThrowBackThursday – As we mentioned in our post about the amphitheater in the Van de Vennepark-south, the park has had some really interesting visitors over the years. Back in 1993, a circus came to town and settled in the park, which hadn’t been named Van de Vennepark-south yet. It was just a city park on the outskirts of town, without a name.

It was a sunny day, and all of a sudden a deep rumbling sound shook up the folks in their homes and houses. People went outside, some thought it was an earthquake, until they heard certain noises most only knew from television or a zoo: elephant trumpeting! The elephants of the circus were on the loose, running free and having a good time. Of course their caretakers were with them all the way, but it was a magnificent sight for the people who lived in the area to see these giants walk under the trees in their park. Among them were small kids and a guest with disability who was visiting his sister for the day. He had the time of his life watching the elephants from up close. The elephants stayed out in the park and the Dousberg for quite some time, entertaining the folks who came to watch them just by being the majestic animals they are.

As of September 15, 2015, the Netherlands has officially banned the use of wild animals in circuses.

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