A man and his elephant

Discussion in 'The Coffee House' started by ~PinkElephants~, Jul 12, 2007.

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    ~PinkElephants~ Senior member

    I don't usually like these heartwarming stories, but this one is truly interesting...

    In 1986, Larry Hogan was on holiday in Kenya after graduating from Northwestern University. On a hike through the bush, he came across a young bull elephant standing with one leg raised in the air. The elephant seemed distressed, so Larry approached it very carefully. He got down on one knee and inspected the elephant's foot and found a large piece of
    wood deeply embedded in it.

    As carefully and as gently as he could, Larry worked the wood out with his hunting knife, after which the elephant gingerly put down its foot.

    The elephant turned to face the man, and with a rather curious look on its face, stared at him for several tense moments. Larry stood frozen, thinking of nothing else but being trampled. Eventually the elephant trumpeted loudly, turned, and walked away.

    Larry never forgot that elephant or the events of that day. Twenty years later, he was walking through the Chicago Zoo with his teenage son. As they approached the elephant enclosure, one of the creatures turned and walked over to near where Larry and his son Mikey were standing.

    The large bull elephant stared at Larry, lifted its front foot off the
    ground, then put it down. The elephant did that several times then trumpeted loudly, all the while staring at the man.

    Remembering the encounter in 1986, Larry couldn't help wondering if this was the same elephant. He summoned up his courage, climbed over the railing and made his way into the enclosure. He walked right up to the
    elephant and stared back in wonder.

    The elephant trumpeted again, wrapped its trunk around one of Larry's legs and slammed him against the railing, killing him instantly.

    Probably wasn't the same elephant.
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