The ride began just like it does today, with a driver pointing out different animals and offering up interesting tidbits about them. The difference came when a radio crackled to life throughout your voyage, informing you that a mother elephant, Big Red, and her calf, Little Red, were being pursued by poachers. Near the end of the ride, your driver was recruited to help by going off road and chasing down the villains.
And that's when you found Big Red, dead and bloody.
Now, to be fair, the ride's designers had good intentions: They wanted to teach guests about the horrors of poaching. But spending 10 minutes showing kids live animals and then springing a realistic, hacked-up elephant on their unprepared psyches maybe wasn't the greatest way to accomplish that. The ride went on to finish the story by presenting you with Little Red, who was rescued thanks to your efforts.
"Your efforts" amounting to "not falling out of the vehicle."
Guest Services was inundated with complaints, and just before the ride's public opening, Dead Momma Red was yoinked. According to Walt Disney World cast members, the prop even resulted in a local pilot reporting Disney for elephant cruelty when he spotted it from the sky. "Man," the pilot must've thought, "every time I fly over this place there's another mauled elephant. We all knew Walt made some dark deals to found his fortune, but this is too much!"