No, we’re not making this up. Here’s a video by CBS News.
I’ve seen no news story about this yet, but here’s a description of the video:
Instead of taking the day off, circus performers and their trained elephants decided to pitch in and help the town of Joplin, Mo. clean up the devastation caused by a massive tornado.
I don’t have a problem with this. My father raises Clydesdale draft horses, and they thrive on work and attention. I suspect trained elephants are the same.
UPDATE 5/31/2011: Here’s a new video. This elephant didn’t have much trouble pulling out a wrecked SUV.