Sunday, January 15, 2012


Some times there are stories that are almost impossible to believe.  This is one of them.
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
He got down on one knee, inspected the
elephants 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 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 teenaged 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
Remembering the encounter in 1986, Peter
could not 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 him against the railing,
killing him instantly.
Probably wasn't the same elephant.

via email from my buddy Dimly Lit who loves a bad joke as much as I do


Mauigirl said...

ROTFL! I didn't see that coming!

Murr Brewster said...

Oh, I deserved that! Thank you!

Randal Graves said...

The Packers went to the zoo on Saturday, and their street replacements played on Sunday, huh.

Larry said...

Ditto what Mauigirl said. I was expecting some emotional reunion.

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