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Memory of an Elephant
This is pretty good...
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 it's left front leg raised in the air. The elephant seemed distressed, so Mbembe approached it very carefully, bending low, trying not to make eye contact, and making what he hoped were soothing sounds. 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 gently as he could, Mbembe worked the wood out with his hunting knife, continuing the entire time to make the soothing sounds. After he managed to remove the wood, the elephant gingerly lowered its foot. The elephant then 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 and in fact enjoyed sharing the story. Twenty years passed, and Mbembe, having long since returned to the states, was walking through the Chicago Zoo with his teenaged son.
As they observed 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 left 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 at it in wonder.
The elephant trumpeted again, and then wrapped its trunk around Mbembe.
It then slammed him against the railing, killing him instantly.
It probably wasn't the same elephant.
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