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Circus To Receive $10,000 Out-of-Court Settlement In Elephant’s Death

June 18, 1986

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) _ A circus will receive $10,000 in an out-of-court settlement of a lawsuit filed over the electrocution of a 3,000-pound elephant, lawyers say.

The Hanneford Circus filed suit in April 1985 against Calvin College, where the circus was held, and Windemuller Electric Inc., which the circus said had installed underground wires at the site.

Circus officials, who estimated the elephant’s value at $30,000, were satisfied with the settlement, attorney Gary T. Britton said Tuesday.

The elephant died June 7, 1982, the lawsuit said. It had been chained to a metal stake which apparently touched the underground wiring.

Windemuller agreed to pay $2,500, but contends it did not install the wire, said attorney James T. Nelson.

Calvin’s $7,500 settlement was worked out with the city’s Kiwanis Club East, which sponsored the event, and the two organizations’ insurance companies, said James Lohr, an attorney for Calvin.

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