Elephant's memory (truly moving story)
proposed: 9 Jun 2007
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.
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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
teenaged 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 he then put it down. The
elephant did that several times then
trumpeted loudly, all the while staring
at the man.
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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