Owatonna Fire Department News

Fire department joins circus in offering elephant baths


Posted: Thursday, July 30, 2015 5:45 pm | Updated: 8:31 am, Fri Jul 31, 2015.


OWATONNA — Fire Commander Marlin Kath has done many things in his 20-plus years as a firefighter, but one thing he hadn’t done is give an elephant a bath.

Until now.

As of Thursday, Kath can cross that off his list, as a crew from the Owatonna Fire Department showed up to help the Carson & Barnes Circus prepare its three Asian elephants — Lisa, 33; Tracy, 32; and Becky, 38 — for the first of two nights of shows in Owatonna. Show times for both Thursday and Friday are 4:30 and 7:30 p.m., and the elephants will be getting a second bath Friday at 3 p.m., which also is open to the public.

“They’ve been in touch with the chief, asking if we wanted to take part,” Kath said before the show. “We’re here right now but we could leave at any time, so no promise yet we’ll give an elephant bath today.”  Read more...

Source: Owatonna People's Press