The Elephant - A Love Story

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  1. philny1

    philny1 Well-Known Member

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    > Subject: The Elephant - A Love Story
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    > > I usually don't like sappy " feel good" stories, but this one's
    > > pretty good...
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    > > In 1986, Mkele Mbembe was on holiday in Kenya after graduating from
    > > Northwestern University.
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    > > 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.
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    > He got down on one knee and inspected the elephant's foot and found a
    > large piece of wood deeply embedded in it.
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    > >
    > > 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.
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    > >
    > > 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.
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    > >
    > Twenty years later, Mbembe was walking through the Chicago Zoo with
    > his teenaged son.
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    > >
    > As they approached the elephant enclosure, one of the creatures turned
    > and walked over to near where Mbembe and his son Tapu were standing.
    > >
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    > 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.
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    > Remembering the encounter in 1986, Mbembe couldn't help wondering if
    > this was the same elephant.
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    > 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.
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    > >
    > Probably wasn't the same elephant

    John C
     
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    Eaglet Well-Known Member

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  3. James Jones

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    I love it when people try to engage and make friends with wild animals and they get eaten or mauled , some folks just don't get it !!

    I'm a firm believer that if you don't know the animal WELL don't trust it , I have seen the sweetest family dog attack a child that assummed that the dog was friendly to everybody but it had never been around a child !!
     
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