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Friday, February 1, 2008

Guideposts Material?

Sometimes these "heartwarming" stories are a bit too sappy for me, but this one is truly interesting. I can't believe I hadn't heard it before. Maybe you already have.

It came via email from my friend Annette, but I'm trying to track down its original origin where it originally originated.


In 1986, Mikele Mebembe 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 Mikele 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, Mikele 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. Mikele stood frozen, thinking of nothing else but being trampled. Eventually the elephant trumpeted loudly, turned, and walked away. Mikele never forgot that elephant or the events of that day.

Twenty years later, Mikele 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 Mikele and his son Tapu were standing. The large bull elephant stared at Mikele, 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, Mikele couldn't help wondering if this was the same elephant. Mikele 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 Mikele's legs and slammed him against the railing, killing him instantly.

Probably wasn't the same elephant.


Emily said...

You're totally Dr. Evil.

javamamma said...

Oh, I was totally into the moment - tears and all. And then, whamo, a devastating ending. Sheesh. What are your goals with your blog anyhow?

David said...

Oh wow, that was great. I completely didn't expect that ending. I'm gonna have to pass that along. :)

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Tech Daddy said...

What a great plot twist. Totally was not prepared for that. I don't know why, seeing it was on your blog.

tina said...


I found your blog through my friends the Edgrens, over at Duckabush Blog. Great stuff!

Mr. E said...

Both my kids said, "Oh, how sad (as in not right)," then they laughed their heads off. My wife said, "That was just wrong!"

I thought it was hillarious.

Kathy said...

Shame on you!

JAN said...

Well, you took me off guard.
This was too funny, in a warped sort-of way.:-)

Liza's Eyeview said...

I'm going to second Kathy's comment. Shame on you! (that got me laughing while feeling sorry for Mikele)

Scott said...

I'm totally pleased that this post elicited three "totally"s and one "completely" from readers.

I don't like doing things halfwa

carrie said...

Very nice...LOL!

You should stop by my blog later...you have an award ;)

JAM said...


You got me, Dude.

Tim said...

I'll bet it was the same elephant. Living in Chicago could do that to anyone.