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Brian Nicholson, Deseret News
Jackson Elementary students watch as Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus elephants eat a buffett lunch during a celebration of National Elephant Appreciation Day in downtown Salt Lake City Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011. More than 100 children attended a Ringling Bros. Animal Open House in conjunction with the event.

Jackson Elementary students check out Asia the elephant and her trainer, Ryan Henning, of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus during a celebration of National Elephant Appreciation Day in downtown Salt Lake City Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011. More than 100 children attended a Ringling Bros. Animal Open House in conjunction with the event.