Discussion in 'The Loafing Shed' started by Jen, Jan 15, 2009.

  1. Jen

    Jen New Member

    Incredible story. Makes you think how smart animals really are!

    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 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, 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 man.

    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 fucking elephant.
  2. BUC

    BUC Administrator


    I thought "heartwarming....manure pile....something ain't right here"

    Glad to see you haven't lost your mind Jen :)

  3. RickB.

    RickB. New Member

    Not exactly Androcles and the Lion now is it?
  4. Margot7

    Margot7 New Member

    Ha! I was ready to check out snopes...then I got to the end! :eek: Heartwarming :)
  5. Mass

    Mass Senior Member and Masscaster

    More like mind and body numbing! :D funny!
  6. JenR

    JenR Formerly Underworld Queen

    Now, that's my type of story :th_afrique:
  7. photofinish

    photofinish Senior Member

    :th_appl: :th_appl: :th_appl:

    Hey, can we assume Peter is [was] a card-carrying memeber of PETA? >:D