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City rules boot tigers, elephants from UniverSoul Circus

Pack it in, pachyderms!

The city quietly barred the popular UniverSoul Circus from including elephants and tigers at its shows , court papers say.

UniverSoul Circus is suing the city over tough new rules that forced it to keep its elephants and big cats out of its big top in The Bronx - disappointing city children who had hoped to see the majestic creatures in the flesh.

Circus lawyers say the city, at the last minute, made new rules this year requiring the circus to get a permit to use exotic animals, then refused to grant the permit on the grounds that the tigers were kept in cages deemed too small and the elephants had not passed a tuberculosis test.

Circus officials said they created an exercise ring with tougher perimeter fences for the three tigers, and conducted more reliable follow-up blood tests on the three elephants that turned up negative results for TB.

But that wasn't enough -- city officials ordered the circus to remove the animals from city limits anyway.

"There were no animals at the circus !! My kids lost all excitement !!" one irate reviewer wrote on Ticketmaster's website.

"Truth be told, I did enjoy this show. But, I do not know if this was because I went to the morning section, but there were no animals! A circus without even an elephant? My daughter was greatly disappointed," wrote another furious parent.

Read More: This is a link to www.nydailynews.com/new-york/city-rules-boot-tigers-elephants-universoul-circus-article-1.1740813

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