The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus calling it quits

Dubbed 'the Greatest Show on Earth,' the circus will cease performances after 146 years in business.

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Senior Elephant Handler Ryan Henning attaches a headdress to an elephant in preparation for a performance at Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus' "Circus Extreme" show at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, US.

After 146 years, America's most famous circus is calling it quits.

Dubbed 'the Greatest Show on Earth,' Ringling Brothers Circus say the show is closing because of declining attendance, high costs and changing public interests in entertainment. 

The circus has also has come under criticism in recent years for its treatment of animals. 

The troupe will give its last performances this May.

TRT World's Christine Pirovolakis has more details.