Italian circus gives chase to escaped giraffe

A giraffe runs loose after escaping from the circus Friday, September 21, in Imola, Italy, southeast of Bologna. The animal kept its captors at bay for hours, damaging cars and startling bystanders, before police cornered it in a grocery parking lot, the state-run Italian news agency ANSA reported. The giraffe later died of cardiac arrest after being returned to the Rinaldo Orfei Circus, ANSA said. <a href='http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/world/photography/index.html' target='_blank'>See more of CNN's best photography</a>.

A giraffe runs loose after escaping from the circus Friday, September 21, in Imola, Italy, southeast of Bologna. The animal kept its captors at bay for hours, damaging cars and startling bystanders, before police cornered it in a grocery parking lot, the state-run Italian news agency ANSA reported. The giraffe later died of cardiac arrest after being returned to the Rinaldo Orfei Circus, ANSA said. See more of CNN's best photography.