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Escaped circus elephant is recaptured in Switzerland after wading in Lake Zurich

June 7, 2010 |  2:18 pm

Sabu the elephant

ZURICH — Swiss police say an elephant that escaped from a circus and wandered through Zurich's banking and commercial district has been recaptured.

City police spokesman Michael Wirz said officers chased the elephant through the city for an hour until a keeper was able to control the animal and bring it to safety.

He said nobody was hurt and there were no reports of damage after Sunday's escapade.

Niklaus Leuenberger, a spokesman for the Knie circus, told the Associated Press that Sabu the elephant got loose as she was about to be loaded onto a trailer.

He said her stroll through the city included a brief dip in Lake Zurich.

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-- Associated Press

Photo: Sabu munches a branch on June 7. Credit: Steffen Schmidt / European Pressphoto Agency

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