From one of many friends:
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 elephants
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.
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, then put it down. The elephant did that several times, then
trumpeted loudly, all the while staring at the man.
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