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A Touching Story....

In 1986, Mkele Mbembe 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 Mbembe 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, Mbembe 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. Mbembe stood
frozen, thinking of nothing else but being trampled. Eventually the elephant
trumpeted loudly, turned, and walked away.

Mbembe never forgot that elephant or the events of that day. Twenty years
later, Mbembe 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 Mbembe and his son Tapu were standing. The large
bull elephant stared at Mbembe, lifted its 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, Mbembe couldn't help wondering if this
was the same elephant. Mbembe 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 Mbembe's legs and slammed him against the railing,
killing him instantly.

Apparently it wasn't the same elephant.


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Please remember that this is a family forum and stories about "touching" must be told in good taste. remember there are good touches and bad touches. Why are these stories always about Hauxfan and Shootlow?
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