What an amazing story! __
In 1972, Joe Miller was on holiday in Kenya
after graduating from Tulsa Junior College .
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 Joe approached it very carefully.
He got down on one knee, inspected the
elephant' s foot, and found a large piece of
wood deeply embedded in it. As carefully a
as gently as he could, Joe worked the woo:
with his knife, after which the elephant gin;
put down its foot.
The elephant turned to Joe, and with a rat]
curious look on its face, stared at him for
several tense moments. Joe stood frozen,
thinking of nothing else but being trampled
Eventually the elephant trumpeted loudly,
turned, and walked away. Joe never forgo
that elephant or the events of that day.
Thirty years later, Joe was walking through
Tulsa Zoo with his family. As they approch
the elephant enclosure, one of the creature
turned and walked over to near where Joe
his family were standing. The large bull
elephant stared at Joe, lifted its front foot i
the ground, and then put it down. The elop]
did that several times then trumpeted loudly, all
the while staring at the man.
Remembering the encounter in 1972, Joe could
not help wondering if this was the same
elephant... Joe 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 ' s legs and slammed him
against the railing killing him instantly.
Probably wasn' t the same elephant.