Thursday, June 26, 2008

Touching story about a man and an elephant. Wow!

In 1996, Peter Davies was on holiday in Kenya after graduating from
Northwestern University.

While skating through the bush, he came across a young bull elephant
resting atop a gnar half-pipe with a black bird sitting on it's head.
The elephant seemed pretty bummed out, so Peter approached it very carefully.

He climbed up the huge ramp 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, 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 pushed off the ramp and perhaps the small amount of urine discharging from his bladder.
Eventually the elephant trumpeted loudly, dropped in, and proceeded to bust out some sweet K-town air.
Peter never forgot that elephant or the events of that day.

Ten years later, Peter was walking through the Chicago Zoo with his
half-retarded son. As they approached the elephant enclosure, one of the
creatures turned and walked over to near where Peter and his son
(Cam) 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 1996, Peter couldn't help wondering 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 ass against the railing, killing him instantly.

Probably wasn't the same elephant.

1 comment:

-kw said...

A touching story.