An Elephant Is Cleaning Up Joplin, Missouri

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Is the use of a Piccadilly Circus elephant to pull cars from the tornado wreckage in Joplin, Missouri, a welcome dose of levity amid so much tragedy? (“I haven’t smiled like this in a long time,” says a little girl in a local news report.) Or is it a depressing symbol of how terrible the country is at cleaning up after natural disasters? Don’t worry about those relief funds, Congress, they have an elephant!

An Elephant Is Cleaning Up Joplin, Missouri