Friday, September 14, 2007


Bugs sends this truly heartwarming story. The gurl knows that deep down (deep, deep deep down) I'm sappy & sentimental!

I don't usually like these heartwarming stories, but this one is truly

In 1986, Mike Membre 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 Membre approached it very carefully.
He got down on one knee 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, Membre worked the wood out
with his hunting knife, after which the elephant gingerly put down its
The elephant turned to face the man, and with a rather curious look on
its face, stared at him for several tense moments.

Membre stood frozen, thinking of nothing else but being trampled.
Eventually the elephant trumpeted loudly, turned, and walked away.
Membre never forgot that elephant or the events of that day. Twenty years
Membre 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 Membre and his son Cantri were standing.
The large bull elephant stared at Membre, 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, Membre couldn't help wondering if this was the
same elephant.

Membre 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 Membre's legs and raised him high into the air and slammed him
against the railing, killing him instantly.
Probably wasn't the same elephant.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

How funny and tragic at the same time.