Amazing Elephant story
Takes a while to read - but is worth it ...
Incredible story about an elephant's memory UPI July 3, 2006
A young man was on holiday in Kenya after graduating from college.
While he was walking through the bush, he came across a young bull
elephant standing with one leg raised in the air.
The elephant seemed distressed so the man approached it very
He got down on one knee and inspected the elephant's foot. There was a
large thorn deeply embedded in the bottom of the foot.
As carefully and as gently as he could he worked the thorn 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 stern look
on its face, stared at him. For a good ten minutes the man stood
frozen -- thinking of nothing else but being trampled.
Eventually the elephant trumpeted loudly, turned and walked away.
The man never forgot that elephant or the events of that day. Twenty
years later the man was walking through the zoo with his teenaged
As they approached the elephant enclosure, one of the creatures turned
and walked over to where they are standing at the rail. The large bull
elephant stared at him and lifted it's front foot off the ground, then
put it down. The elephant did that several times, all the while
staring at the man. The man couldn't help wondering if this was the
After a while it trumpeted loudly; then it continued to stare at him.
The man 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.
Suddenly the elephant trumpeted again, wrapped its trunk around
one of the man's legs and swung him wildly back and forth along the
railing, killing him.
Probably wasn't the same elephant.