The Amazing Elephant

After reading Julie’s latest post over at Bugskippy I remembered this story and couldn’t help but have to post it. It’s a wonderful little tale. Enjoy! (oh, and by the way, go read Julie’s post and watch the video clip, it’s pretty sweet despite the cheesy music.)

The Amazing Elephant

In 1986, Dan Harrison (see picture above) 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 Dan 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, Dan worked the wood out with his hunting 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.

Dan stood frozen, thinking of nothing else but being trampled. Eventually the elephant trumpeted loudly, turned, and walked away.

Dan never forgot that elephant or the events of that day.

Twenty years later, Dan was walking through the Chicago Zoo with his teenage son.

As they approached the elephant enclosure, one of the creatures turned and walked over to near where Dan and his son Dan Jr. were standing.

The large bull elephant stared at Dan, 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 1986, Dan couldn’t help wondering if this was the same elephant.

Dan 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 Dan’s legs and slammed him against the railing, killing him instantly.

Probably wasn’t the same elephant.

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1 Response to “The Amazing Elephant”


  1. 1 Jon July 28, 2008 at 1:34 pm

    Actually, it was the same elephant. He was just really ticked off that the man who helped him before, didn’t help him out of the zoo. I’d be ticked too. Yeah, you’ll pull a thorn out of my foot, but when a brother really needs help busting out of the joint, you walk up and stare at me? That’s just wrong.


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