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Three elephants seen munching on hay by a Tennessee highway after the truck they were in suddenly caught fire

  • Police found the elephants on the Interstate 24 in Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • They had been called to reports of a truck fire in the early hours of Monday
  • The owners had managed to get the animals out of the trailer safely
  • Elephants munched on hay by the highway as fire crews put out the blaze
  • They were being taken from an Indiana wildlife park where they live to Sarasota, Florida for the winter

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Three African elephants bizarrely ended up grazing on the side of a Tennessee highway after the semi truck trailer they were in suddenly caught fire.

Police found the elephants when they responded to a call about the fire on the Interstate 24 in Chattanooga on the Tennessee state line early Monday morning.

The owners got the animals out of the trailer safely before emergency crews arrived.

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Police found the three elephants when they responded to a call about the fire on the Interstate 24 in Chattanooga on the Tennessee state line early Monday morning

Police found the three elephants when they responded to a call about the fire on the Interstate 24 in Chattanooga on the Tennessee state line early Monday morning

The elephants were spotted munching on some hay by the highway as their owners arranged for another truck to arrive.

Chattanooga Fire Department Chief Lesley Morgan described the elephants as being ‘huge but well behaved’.

‘(The owners) gave them some hay to munch on while firefighters put the fire out,’ he said.

Dade County Sheriff’s Office said the fire was contained to the cab of the truck, but the elephants were evacuated as a precaution.

The elephants were spotted munching on some hay by the highway after their owners managed to get them safely out of the truck

The elephants were spotted munching on some hay by the highway after their owners managed to get them safely out of the truck

The cause of the fire isn’t known but the elephants and their owners were not injured.

The interstate was shut down for several hours as crews extinguished the blaze.

The elephants were being taken from an Indiana wildlife park where they live to Sarasota, Florida for the winter.

Once the owners were able to secure a new truck, the elephants were loaded on and continued on to Florida.

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