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A good deed

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by Bigtallfatbloke, 6 Dec 2007.

  1. Bigtallfatbloke

    Bigtallfatbloke New Member

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    In 1986, Dan Harrison ( see picture above ) 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 Dan 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, Dan 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.

    Dan stood frozen, thinking of nothing else but being trampled. Eventually the elephant trumpeted loudly, turned, and walked away.

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

    Twenty years later, Dan 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 Dan and his son Dan Jr. were standing.

    The large bull elephant stared at Dan , 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, Dan couldn't help wondering if this was the same elephant.

    Dan 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 Dan's legs and slammed him against the railing, killing him instantly.

    Probably wasn't the same elephant.
     
  2. vbc

    vbc Guest

    Location:
    Bristol
    He should have seen that coming, the rest of us did!
     
  3. domtyler

    domtyler Über Member

    Fucking Elephants! :smile:
     
  4. Joe24

    Joe24 More serious cyclist than Bonj

    Location:
    Nottingham
    Heard it before, and it still made me chuckle.
    Was it on here before?
    I dont think it had the picture though.
     
  5. Arch

    Arch Married to Night Train

    Location:
    York, UK
    It was, minus the pic, and it was an African chap called Kwembay Zulu, or something like that...
     
  6. Bigtallfatbloke

    Bigtallfatbloke New Member

    ...yeah but was it the same elephant?
     
  7. Arch

    Arch Married to Night Train

    Location:
    York, UK
    My vet friend told me the real story once, of the Belfast zoo vet who, at the end of a long day, faced with an elephant with a splinter in its toenail, and all the attendant dangers of anesthetising such an animal, decided it was clever enough to know he was helping, and just pull the splinter out which would instantly relieve the pain.

    He woke up 6 weeks later.
     
  8. SamNichols

    SamNichols New Member

    Location:
    Colne, Lancs
    This proves that animals can't be trusted, no matter what. They have what's coming to them, especially the ones with shifty eyes.
     
  9. barq

    barq Senior Member

    Location:
    Birmingham, UK
    Do you remember this?

    "Makhmudov was a 45-year-old Azerbaijani man who went to the Kiev Zoo in the Ukraine to prove a point.

    Climbing down into a den that held four lions, he shouted out, "God will save me, if he exists!" A lioness, perhaps under God’s orders to tighten the human gene pool, seized his throat and severed his carotid artery, killing him swiftly."

    Source: http://www.askmen.com/toys/top_10_200/215_top_10_list.html
     
  10. longers

    longers Veteran

    I didn't :smile:.
     
  11. Melvil

    Melvil Standard nerd

    V.funny!

    Elephants are, IMHO, one of the strangest species on the planet in so many different ways...
     
  12. sloe

    sloe New Member

    Location:
    Banffshire
    Best laugh all day.
     
  13. Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Honky

    Location:
    North Somerset
    There was a great interview on Radio 4 this evening with a woman who was a land girl in the war. She said that she went to a curious farm once which had loads of exotic animals and a dead lion.

    It turned out that the lion was something of a star. There was a vicar a few years before who went abroad to help the 'fallen women' of some country. While he was there he apparently helped a few more to fall.

    So he was sent home and de-frocked, or whatever they call it. He spent a while in a barrel on Blackpool Prom (??) protesting his innocence. Then a while later he joined a circus, and each night he would tell his story, still proclaiming his innocence. He would then climb into the lion's cage (the lion which had ended up on this farm) and say that the lion would judge him, and leave him unharmed if he was innocent.

    At first the lion seemed to think that he was in fact innocent. Then one night he changed his mind.
     
  14. barq

    barq Senior Member

    Location:
    Birmingham, UK
    :smile:

    That reminds me of my own pussy cat. I spent hours awake last night because I couldn't get comfy. I daren't move him because once he settles on my bed that's that. He purrs at me but as soon as I try to move him he turns into this snapping, biting, hissing beast. He is large enough that I can be genuinely scared of him.

    BTW He came from your part of the world Mr P. I used to live in Bearwood and the cat came from a hostel on the Stratford Road.