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Smaug  (Level: 144.7 - Posts: 2765)
Sun, 27th Jan '08 8:39 PM


I usually don't post this kind of mush, but...

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 foot. 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 later, Membre 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 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.

Donden  (Level: 112.5 - Posts: 2127)
Sun, 27th Jan '08 8:43 PM


Chyenn  (Level: 209.4 - Posts: 1332)
Sun, 27th Jan '08 9:31 PM

such a warm fuzzy cuddly story.. so out of character for you, Smaug. i'm shocked!

Linenlady  (Level: 159.1 - Posts: 306)
Sun, 27th Jan '08 10:13 PM

Have you run out of material? You already told this story on September 1, 2007.
Except that you misspelled heartwarming in that post.

Kaufman  (Level: 267.8 - Posts: 3941)
Sun, 27th Jan '08 10:17 PM

So it took him under 5 months to look up the spelling. That kind of perseverence should be respected!

Texlewee  (Level: 34.1 - Posts: 601)
Mon, 28th Jan '08 12:03 AM

Actually, the story he told in Sept was about a different bloke from Northwestern named Mkele Mbembe.

Uncanny how they could both suffer the same fate......

Bushyfox  (Level: 174.4 - Posts: 2403)
Mon, 28th Jan '08 12:33 AM

Maybe it WAS the same elephant in each story???

Okuome1  (Level: 33.0 - Posts: 89)
Mon, 28th Jan '08 8:17 AM are a mess!!
That was cute

Smaug  (Level: 144.7 - Posts: 2765)
Mon, 28th Jan '08 9:30 AM

Tough room...

Smaug  (Level: 144.7 - Posts: 2765)
Mon, 28th Jan '08 11:55 AM

PS: I hate it when non-alcoholics mock my memory.

1mks  (Level: 219.5 - Posts: 5925)
Mon, 28th Jan '08 12:01 PM

Listen, it is tough when senilty starts creeping in.........

Smaug  (Level: 144.7 - Posts: 2765)
Mon, 28th Jan '08 1:15 PM

What are you talking about?

Seriously. What are you talking about?

Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2853)
Mon, 28th Jan '08 3:07 PM

To be heartwarmed....
A prerequisite is that one has to have a heart!!!!
Smaug's cynicism indicates either a deep lack of heart
Or, he's forgotten where he put it!!!!

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