In 1986, Peter Davies 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 Peter
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 c areful ly and as gently
as he could, Peter 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. Peter stood frozen, thinking of nothing else
but being trampled. Eventually the elephant trumpeted loudly, turned, and
walked away. Peter never forgot that elephant or the events of that day.
Twenty years later, Peter was walking through the Chicago Zoo with his
teen aged son. As they approached the elephant enclosure, one of the
creatures turned and walked over to near where Peter and his son Cameron
were standing. The large bull elephant stared at Peter, 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, Pe ter &n bsp;couldn’t help
if this was the same elephant. Peter 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 Peter legs and slammed his stupid ***
against the railing, killing him instant ly.
Probably wasn’t the same elephant.
Not all stories can have a happy ending…..:)
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