Friday, April 11, 2008

And the Lamb Shall Lay Down With the Lion, Or Something Like That

Two stories of special encounters with animals. The first is a video that's been circulating around the internet. The background story is that the woman featured in the video found the lion as a cub, rescued it, raised it, then donated it to a zoo. Their first meeting since she gave him to the zoo was captured on film. If you haven't already seen this, don't worry there aren't any surprises. It's absolutely adorable.

The next encounter is a similar story of rescue and remembrance, this time between a man and an elephant.

A young man was on holiday in Kenya after graduating from college. While he was walking through the bush, he came across a young bull elephant standing with one leg raised in the air.

The elephant seemed distressed so the man approached it very carefully. He got down on one knee and inspected the elephant's foot. There was a large thorn deeply embedded in the bottom of the foot.

As carefully and as gently as he could he worked the thorn 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 stern look on its face, stared at him. For a good ten minutes the man stood frozen -- thinking of nothing else but being trampled.

Eventually the elephant trumpeted loudly, turned and walked away.

The man never forgot that elephant or the events of that day.

Twenty years later the man was walking through the zoo with his teenage son. As they approached the elephant enclosure, one of the creatures turned and walked over to where they were standing at the rail. The large bull elephant stared at him and lifted it's front foot off the ground, then put it down. The elephant did that several times, all the while staring at the man. The man couldn't help wondering if this was the same elephant.

After a while it trumpeted loudly; then it continued to stare at him.

The man 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.

Suddenly the elephant trumpeted again, wrapped its trunk around one of the man's legs and swung him wildly back and forth along the railing, killing him.

Probably wasn't the same elephant.

Gotchya. Hey, it's a joke. Get over it.

Have a nice weekend!


Colonel Colonel said...

Damn, I thought the moral of the story was going to be "never trust a Republican".

Malach the Merciless said...

Damn Elephants . . .

Malicious Intent said...

Sniff, sniff....what a beautiful story...the elephant one that is. One point for the elephants!

meggie said...

Haha! You got me!

Hungry Mother said...

I was hoping for some uplifting words in the midst of this veil of tears, but no, I get the usual cynical flippancy that Tom Cruise accused Matt Lauer of. Shit, did I just end a sentence a preposition with?

Kitty said...

My daughter is entranced by that lion video - he looks really happy to see the woman!

As for the elephant story - I knew he shouldn't have gone into the enclosure - never trust an elephant.

:-p x

Vicki said...

Love the Lion story. I've seen the video before, but it's one you can see again and again.

Tequila Mockingbird said...

HAHAHAHAH i love that 2nd story!