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Posted on 12/26/2007 6:05:40 PM PST by Jeff Chandler
Elephants Never Forget
I usually don't pass on these motivational type stories, but this one is actually really interesting.
Mykle Mbembe was a student at UCLA who graduated in 1985. After the ceremony he decided to return to his home country of Zimbabwe and visit his tribe, before he started his career as an architect.
One day while on a hike he came upon a distressed young bull elephant. The elephant was holding one foot in the air while trumpeting loudly.
Mbembe approached the elephant with caution, and discovered that the creature had a large piece of wood lodged deep into its foot. With a hunting knife that he was carrying, Mbembe carefully removed the splinter.
The bull elephant gingerly put weight on the foot, then raised up and stared Mbembe straight in the eye.
Mbembe froze. He was sure that he was about to be trampled for his efforts, by the huge wounded animal.
The elephant did not trample him however, it simply stamped its foot on the ground a couple of times, trumpeted, and walked away.
Mbembe never forgot this encounter. Seventeen years late while visiting the Los Angeles zoo with his 8 year old son Zita, Mbembe saw a bull elephant that looked familiar.
The elephant immediately notice Mbembe and made its way over to the side of the enclosure that Mbembe was on. The animal began trumpeting boisterously and stamped its foot on the ground.
Mbembe began to think this must be the same elephant that he had encountered years earlier. Summoning up all his courage, Mbembe climbed over the railing, and into the pen. He walked up to the bull elephant and looked it in the eye.
The elephant wrapped its trunk around Mbembe's leg, and lifting him up off the ground, smashed him into the railing, killing him instantly.
It probably wasn't the same elephant...
LOL.......you are BAD!
That’s probably my all time favorite joke. :o)
Would have replied sooner but had to clean my keyboard first. Very funny story.
The Lion and the Thorn
A Lion roaming through the forest, got a thorn in his foot, and, meeting a Shepherd, asked him to remove it. The Shepherd did so, and the Lion, having just surfeited himself on another shepherd, went away without harming him. Some time afterward the Shepherd was condemned on a false accusation to be cast to the lions in the amphitheatre. When they were about to devour him, one of them said:
This is the man who removed the thorn from my foot.
Hearing this, the others honourably abstained, and the claimant ate the Shepherd all himself.
Ambrose Bierce, Aesopus Emendatus.
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