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pdx_prog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 03:58 PM
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Incredible story about an elephant's memory
Incredible story about an elephant's memory... UPI
July 30, 2006

A young man was on holiday in Kenya after graduating
from college. While he was walking through the bush,
he came across a young bull elephant standing with
one leg raised in the air.

The elephant seemed distressed so the man approached
it very carefully. He got down on one knee and
inspected the elephant's foot. There was a large
thorn deeply embedded in the bottom of the foot.

As carefully and as gently as he could he worked the
thorn 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 stern look
on its face, stared at him. For a good ten minutes
the man stood frozen -- thinking of nothing else but
being trampled.

Eventually the elephant trumpeted loudly, turned and
walked away.

The man never forgot that elephant or the events of
that day. Twenty years later the man was walking
through the zoo with his teenaged son. As they
approached the elephant enclosure, one of the
creatures turned and walked over to where they were
standing at the rail. The large bull elephant stared
at him and lifted it's front foot off the ground,
then put it down. The elephant did that several
times, all the while staring at the man. The man
couldn't help wondering if this was the same
elephant.

After a while it trumpeted loudly; then it continued
to stare at him.

The man 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.

Suddenly the elephant trumpeted again, wrapped its
trunk around one of the man's legs and swung him
wildly back and forth along the railing, killing
him.

Probably wasn't the same elephant
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nini Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 04:07 PM
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1. boy.. I was going right along with this
:D
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pdx_prog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 04:09 PM
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2. I did too....:)
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Bunny Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 04:46 PM
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3. That is so heartwarming. I'm verklempt.
:cry:
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tigereye Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 05:06 PM
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7. hey Miss Bunny!
how you been? :hi: How's the summer going?

(I was expecting info about some study of elephant memory and communication, silly me.)
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Bunny Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 05:47 PM
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8. tigereye!!!!! What's shakin'?
Summer is starting to get good, finally. How about you guys? :hi:
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tigereye Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-04-06 09:31 AM
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9. some work, some play
a quick trip to Ohio, Amish country and a stay in a hostel. My son got to milk a fake cow and see some goats! He was shocked to hear that the Amish use horses and have no modern conveniences....


It finally cooled off, though. That was good.
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GCP Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 04:52 PM
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4. Thank you - that's going on my e-mail list!
:rofl:
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ceile Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 04:57 PM
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5. OMG!
I was into that story! That's a keeper!
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Midlodemocrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 05:05 PM
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6. OMG. You totally had me going. That is great.
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