Here are the things we'll miss about The Ringling Bros. Circus.

The owner of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey says that the show will close forever in May, according to woodtv.com.  Between now and then, circus will perform 30 shows, ending at the Nassau County Coliseum on May 21st.

Why is the circus shutting down?

Declining attendance combined with high operating costs, along with changing public tastes and prolonged battles with animal rights groups all contributed to its demise. - woodtv.com

Feld Entertainment own Kenneth Feld told reporters,

“We tried all these different things to see what would work, and supported it with a lot of funding as well, and we weren’t successful in finding the solution.”

What will happen to the animals?

Feld says that the animals will go to "suitable homes" and the elephants will go to the Center for Elephant Conservation.

What we'll miss about the Ringling Bros. Circus:

  • Hundreds of clowns being quarantined under tents
  • Where else are you going to see that much elephant s**t in one place?
  • Might now have to resort to reading books to entertain ourselves
  • So few places these days to see a really good human cannonball
  • Seeing apex predators held at bay with a folding chair
  • A bear on a tricycle NEVER gets old!
  • Wearing tights and glitter to work and nobody says a thing

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