An animal-free circus is trying to find a grandmother who falsely believes it is forcing a polar bear to dance in its show.
Jay Miller’s Circus, which is currently in Fairfield Recreation Ground, Burgess Hill, has received a call from an ‘irate’ grandmother who was distraught after her grandson told her the circus included a ‘massive dancing polar bear’.
But the grandmother called from a withheld number and hung up on the call taker before they could explain her misunderstanding - that the polar bear was a human in a suit.
Ringmaster Ross Farrer said: “An irate grandmother has called our ticket hotline to complain about our ‘use of wild animals in circus’ after her grandson, who we believe saw this years production as part of a free entry event at the Laughton spring Fayre, told her that the best bit of the show was a ‘massive polar bear who dances to disco music’.
“We were unable to obtain any contact information and the lady called from an unlisted telephone number. This Lady is very upset and is reluctant to see our side of the story.”
“So far her threats have been of adverse publicity but we are worried that this Lady will contact the Mid Sussex Times shortly with hyperbolic claims of dancing bears in chains.
“We would like to put the record straight. Yes we have a massive polar bear but it is an inflatable costume with a human inside.
“We would love to get in contact with this lady and explain the situation and set the record straight.”
The circus has also started a Facebook campaign to try and find this grandmother.
Ringmaster Farrer added: “This lady is very distressed. We believe circus is a medium to spread happiness and joy and we really don’t want to be upsetting people.
“Please help us to find her as quickly as possible and explain the truth behind the confusion.
“Upon finding the lady the show’s director is prepared for the grandmother to visit the Big Top to meet the 9ft Polar bear in person and perhaps throw some shapes on the dance floor with him.”
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