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Old 04-30-2007, 10:52 AM   #1
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Elephants Memory

E LEPHANTS REALLY HAVE MEMORIES? AN INTERESTING STORY!
> I don't usually like these heartwarming stories, but this one is truly
> interesting...
>
> In 1986, Mkele Mbembe 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 Mbembe 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, Mbembe 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. Mbembe
> stood frozen, thinking of nothing else but being trampled. Eventually
> the elephant trumpeted loudly, turned, and walked away.
>
> Mbembe never forgot that elephant or the events of that day. Twenty
> years later, Mbembe was walking through the Chicago Zoo with his
> teen-aged son. As they approached the elephant enclosure, one of the
> creatures turned and walked over to near where Mbembe and his son Tapu
> were standing. The large bull elephant stared at Mbembe, 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, Mbembe couldn't help wondering if
> this was the same elephant.
>
> Mbembe 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 Mbembe's legs and slammed him against the railing, killing him
> instantly.
>
> Probably wasn't the same elephant.
>
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