Sep 26 2009

The Elephant That Never Forgot

Published by at 5:29 am under Animals,Mothers & Daughters

Sent by Eleni:

In 1986, Peter Davies was on holiday in Kenya after graduating from the University of Toronto. 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, inspected the elephants 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 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 Toronto 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 could not 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 him against the railing, killing him instantly.

Probably wasn’t the same elephant.

3 responses so far

3 Responses to “The Elephant That Never Forgot”

  1. M says:

    Reminds me of this:
    Well, except for the ending. But the ending of Eleni’s little parable is how I was *expecting* this video to go. Oh well.

  2. Bulwinkle says:

    Probably was the same Elephant and blamed Peter for still having to be alive and living in a ZOO. Thats what I say.

  3. Oleg K. says:

    ….Probably not a good idea to jump in with the wild animals.

    Though the gorilla I saw at the San Diego Zoo last year did give me the eye.

    Hmmm…Maybe next time I’ll try to get re-acquainted a bit closer.

    Nah. Never mind.

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