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In 1986 Peter Davies 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 Peter approached it very carefully. He got down on one knee, inspected the elephant's foot, and found a large piece of wood deeply imbedded in it. As gently as he could, Peter worked the piece of wood out with his knife, after which the elephant gingerly put down it's foot.



The elephant turned to face the man, and with a rather curious look on it's face, stared at him for several tense moments. Peter stood frozen, thinking of nothing else but being trampled....



Eventually the elephant trumpeted loudly, then turned and walked away.



Peter never forgot the elephant or the events of that day.





Twenty years later, Peter 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 where Peter and his son were standing. The large bull elephant stared at Peter, lifted one 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, Peter could not help wondering if this was the very same elephant.



Peter summoned up his courage, climbed over the railing and made his way into the enclosure. He walked right up to the elephant, meeting it's gaze, and stared back in wonder.



The elephant trumpeted again, wrapped it's trunk around Peter's legs and slammed him into the ground, killing him instantly.











Probably wasn't the same f****ng elephant........
 
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