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    Old Town Road Senior Member Strike For The South's Avatar
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    In 1988, Dan Harrison was on holiday in Kenya after graduating from North western 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 teenage 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, looked to see if any guards were around and then 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.



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    Probably wasn't the same elephant.
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    Default Re: An amazing story about Elephants and memory

    The moral of the story: Zoo's have fences for a reason, you idiots.

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    Default Re: An amazing story about Elephants and memory

    Quote Originally Posted by Strike For The South
    Probably wasn't the same elephant.
    Yes it was. Only it wasn't the same guy.

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    Or else it was a different zoo.
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    Default Re: An amazing story about Elephants and memory

    In 1988, Dan Harrison was on holiday in Kenya after graduating from North western University.
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    Remembering the encounter in 1986, Dan couldn't help wondering if this was the same elephant
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    Default Re: An amazing story about Elephants and memory

    I think CR found the hoax.

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    Default Re: An amazing story about Elephants and memory

    Quote Originally Posted by Crazed Rabbit
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    Noticed that as well, two different encounters?


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    Default Re: An amazing story about Elephants and memory

    Quote Originally Posted by Crazed Rabbit
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    OMG!!! Time traveling elephants!!!

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    Default Re: An amazing story about Elephants and memory

    It probably wasn't an elephant either.
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    Default Re: An amazing story about Elephants and memory

    Snopes.com to the rescue. 'Tis an old joke.
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