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No Kidding! Those Are Elephants on the Fairfax Campus!


Elephants on Mason's Fairfax Campus.

Imagine the shock when I pulled into the parking lot near the Patriot Center [2] and saw these beautiful creatures getting a bath nearby.

Yes, the circus has arrived! The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus [3] to be exact, and the elephants are part of this Greatest Show on Earth, which runs from April 14-24 at the Patriot Center [4].

Corralled behind some fencing in Lot A, I counted at least seven pachyderms, including a couple babies, or calves. The circus’s website said they are all Asian elephants.

While I stood there, keepers were hosing down several of the animals, while the rest were using their elongated snouts to toss what looked like saw dust onto their backs (of course, it could have been food for all I know). One baby was rolling around on the ground having a grand old time.

To my surprise, I was the only onlooker. Is anyone else not seeing what I’m seeing, I thought to myself as a couple other people walked by, preferring to talk on their cell phones rather than gasp at the sight of elephants in a Mason parking lot.

Come on, people! There are elephants at Mason! No kidding, elephants!