Touching Elephant story

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  1. berto64

    berto64 Active Member

    Jan 31, 2001
    Owyhee County, Idaho
    This is so touching

    In 1986, Mkele Mbembe 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 Mbembe 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, Mbembe 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.

    Mbembe stood frozen, thinking of nothing else but being trampled.

    Eventually the elephant trumpeted loudly, turned, and walked away.

    Mbembe never forgot that elephant or the events of that day.

    Twenty years later, Mbemb was walking through the Chicago Zoo with his

    teenaged son. As they approached the elephant enclosure, one of the

    creatures turned and walked over to near where Mbembe and his son Tapu

    were standing. The large bull elephant stared at Mbembe, 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, Mbembe couldn't help wondering if

    this was the same elephant. Mbembe 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 Mbembe's

    legs and slammed him against the railing, killing him instantly.

    Probably wasn't the same elephant
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