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Talk about an unforgettable storm!

Talk about an unforgettable storm!
In this photo provided by Gloria Folkers, an elephant wanders through Gloria and Melvin Folkers' backyard in WaKeeney, Kan., on Thursday, June 5, 2008. The elephant was one of two that escaped a traveling circus in WaKeeney. They were apparently frightened by the storm and wandered through the town after breaking loose.
I'm pretty sure two circus elephants in Kansas will never forget the night of June 5th,and neither will a few residents in the town of WaKeeney.

A huge thunderstorm rolled through the city Thursday night, spooking a pair of circus elephants that escaped their enclosure and roamed the town before being captured.

One of the animals entered a backyard less than a mile from the fairgrounds in WaKeeney and was blocked off by fire trucks until trainers could coax it onto a truck, Trego County Sheriff Richard Schneider said.

"I guess it got tired of walking around," he said.

The second elephant was tranquilized in another backyard, coaxed into a truck and returned to the circus, which was already packing up to head to the next town, Schneider said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.