Thursday, August 16, 2007

funny of the day

I just got this via email and thought it was funny so thought I would pass it along.

Do Elephants Really Have a Good Memory?

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

Twenty-one years later, Mike 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 Mike and his son Owen were standing. The large bull elephant stared at Mike, lifted its front foot off the ground, and 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, Mike couldn't help wondering if this was the same elephant. Mike 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 Mike's legs and slammed him against the railing, killing him instantly.

Probably wasn't the same elephant.


alyndabear said...

Haha! I've seen this one before, but still get a good giggle out of it. Especially the last line. ;)

(I wonder if that one was a female elephant?)

heather said...

oh how funny! i'm gonna send it off to my sister. she's gonna hate me for it. she hates 'trick endings' lol

Tera said...

LMAO!!! Damn!

NoRegrets said...

Thanks for the laugh!

Mr. Fabulous said...

LOL I did not actually see this coming!

the108 said...

Oh my god! LOL!!!

I'm with Fab... I didn't see this coming either... (*giggles*)

briliantdonkey said...

Alynda: Probably was.

Heather: The do things to torment your siblings stuff never ends does it? I hope not.

Tera,No regrets: I got a kick out of it myself.

Fab/108: neither did Mike apparently.