Tuesday, March 22, 2011

An elephant never forgets...


Okay, so we had a The G-Mail fiasco yesterday.  I ain't sayin' who I suspect caused it, but I opened up my The G-Mail box yesterday to find 1343 G-mails awaiting my attention.  Fortunately, I was able to sift through and find this amazing story that Paul The Fireguy had sent me a while back.  

What an amazing story!

In 1972, Joe Miller was on holiday in Kenya after graduating from Tulsa Junior College .

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 Joe approached it very carefully. He got down on one knee, inspected the elephant’s foot, and found a large piece of wood deeply embedded in it. As carefully and as gently as he could, Joe worked the wood out with his knife, after which the elephant gingerly put down its foot.

The elephant turned to Joe, and with a rather curious look on its face, stared at him for several tense moments. Joe stood frozen, thinking of nothing else but being trampled.

Eventually the elephant trumpeted loudly, turned, and walked away. Joe never forgot that elephant or the events of that day.

Thirty years later, Joe was walking through the Tulsa Zoo with his family. As they approached the elephant enclosure, one of the creatures turned and walked over to near where Joe and his family were standing. The large bull elephant stared at Joe, lifted its front foot off the ground, and then put it down. The elephant did that several times then trumpeted loudly, all the while staring at the man.

Remembering the encounter in 1972, Joe could not help wondering if this was the same elephant... Joe 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 Joe's legs and slammed him against the railing killing him instantly.

Probably wasn't the same elephant.


  1. I'm glad no one can see me laughing and snorting right now - you got me with that one!

  2. Just wait until I try to merge the Haloscan comments and see what happens.

  3. Yeah Jim, I told The Mrs. that one, and got the same reaction. It got me, too.

    Paul, I can't barely wait.


  4. Got me too! I thought it was going to be one of those goody two shoes stories about this great relationship between elephant and man. Good one Andy!

  5. I knew the joke and still read it. I'm a sucker for bad jokes.

  6. Don't care if anyone sees me laughing...loved that ;-)

  7. Pepper sent me that one a little while back, shortly after there was some heartwarming story circulating about some animal, and I bought right into it (even though "sweet stories" usually aren't among the things Pepper sends me!). It's a good 'un!

  8. Sick, sick, sick. ;-)

    So the moral to this story is...?


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