"The Muffled Cries For Help From a Daddy of Four Beautiful Little Girls"

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Filler Material

While we're out celebrating Labor Day Weekend in grand style, I thought I would get nostalgic and replay an old post from February.

It perhaps evoked the most emotional comments of any of my other posts.

It is relevant again because it reminds me of that story on tv of those guys in England who raised a lion cub then visited it later at a preserve.

Here goes:

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.


AmyG said...

OMGoodness, that's so not how I thought that was going to end! Sheesh!

Heather Casey said...

What in the world?????

Jodie said...

I never saw that coming. Even from you. :) I thought the elephant was gonna hug him or something b/c he recognized him - you know, since elephants have amazing memory.
Dude. That story is somethin' else.

Aaron B. Huddleston said...

lol Wow. Did not see that coming...good illustration of, like, following the rules even when you think you have a good reason not to or something...

Nicole Hearn said...

That WAS emotional!!!

Emily said...

I remembered that one.

grumble, grumble.

jerk. :)

rthling said...

You are so wrong.
But wrong.

KimberlyM said...

Yeah, I think you're right. Not the same elephant.

Kari said...

Oh my word! That was so funny and so not what I was expecting. Thanks for the laugh, I needed that.