Britain's circus elephant is brutally beaten in shocking video footage.

The 57 years old elphant named Anne, who was captured in her native Sri Lanka as a baby, was repeatedly hit and abused by her groom.

Anne was hit more than 40 times within 3 weeks chained to a stable.

Moira Roberts, 72, who runs the circus with her 68-year-old husband Bobby and their family, said they were shocked in horror when they watched the footage of Anne being abused.

Experts working for the pressure group Animal Defenders International (ADI) installed the camera because of concerns regarding Anne's welfare. The gourp is now planning a private prosecution of her owner Bobby Roberts.

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