Courtesy of Mike Rowe...
in Kenya after graduating from Louisiana State University. On a hike
through the bush, he came across a very young bull elephant standing
with one leg raised in the air. The elephant seemed distressed, so Peter
approached it very carefully. He got down on one knee, inspected the
elephants foot, and found a large piece of wood deeply embedded in it.
As carefully and as gently as he could, Peter worked the wood out with
his knife, after which the elephant gingerly put down its foot.
The elephant turned to face the man with a rather curious look, and
stared directly at him for several tense moments. Peter stood frozen,
thinking of nothing else but being trampled. Finally, the elephant
trumpeted loudly, turned, and walked away. Peter never forgot that
elephant, or the events of that day.
Twenty years later, Peter
was walking through the Chicago Zoo with his girlfriend. As they
approached the elephant enclosure, one of the creatures turned and
walked over, near to where Peter and his girlfriend Misty were standing.
The large bull elephant stared at Peter, lifted its front foot off the
ground, then put it down. The elephant did that several times then
trumpeted loudly, all the while staring directly at the man.
Remembering the encounter in 1986, Peter could not help but wonder if
this was the same elephant. And the longer he wondered, the more sure he
Peter climbed over the railing and made his way into
the enclosure. He approached the elephant slowly, and stared up in
wonder at the magnificent creature. Then, the elephant trumpeted one
more time, wrapped its trunk around one of Peter legs and slammed him
against the railing, killing him instantly.
Probably wasn't the same elephant...