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Baby gets her daily bath Thursday outside Arco Arena, where the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus is playing through Sunday.
Baby gets her daily bath Thursday outside Arco Arena, where the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus is playing through Sunday.

2007-09-22 - Sacramento, United States , Dixie Reid

The 51-year-old Baby appears to be dozing off while six members of the circus crew shampoo and scrub her with wire brushes. The elephants are bathed daily with a vegetable-based shampoo to keep their hides clean and exfoliated, says Carrie Coleman, a veterinary technician with a degree from Purdue University who travels with the show. While the others wait for Baby to be done with her shower, 46-year-old Siam, who is a little impatient, uses her trunk to snort up soap suds making their way to th...

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