I don’t usually like these heartwarming stories, but this one is truly
interesting…

In 1986, Mike Membre 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 Membre 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, Membre 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.

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

Twenty years later, Membre was walking through the Chicago Zoo with his
teenage son.

As they approached the elephant enclosure, one of the creatures turned
and
walked over to near where Membre and his son Cantri were standing. The
large bull elephant stared at Membre, 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, Membre couldn’t help wondering if
this
was the same elephant.

Membre 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 Membre’s legs and
raised
him high into the air and slammed him against the railing, killing him
instantly.

It probably wasn’t the same elephant…..

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