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Wow... that's odd..

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 years later, Mike 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 Mike and his son Owen were standing. The large bull

elephant stared at Mike, 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, 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.

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