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 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, Peter 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. 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 couldn’t 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 his head against the railing, killing him instantly.

Probably wasn’t the same elephant.

Friday smiles. Thanks James!


4 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Jeff Stubbe on April 26, 2008 at 11:03 AM

    That’s funny!!! Anyone reading that story was surely expecting a different ending. What comes to mind is how we have to be careful not to jump to conclusions. It makes me think of how annoyed I get when someone tries to finish my sentence or story for me. I’m sure that I am very guilty of the same crime. It reminds me that God gave us two ears and one mouth. We should listen twice as much as we talk. And whatever you do, shut up and don’t ruin a great ending to a funny story.

  2. Ok…I didn’t get anything spiritual from it…but you suckered me into the story! I was all, “awww…this is too cool”…then BANG! Hilarious.

  3. Haha – I needed that!

  4. Haha – I needed that!

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