Elephants Never Forget - An Amazing Story about Elephants

March 17, 2023

In 1986, Dan Harrison (see picture left) 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 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 teenaged 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, 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, 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.

It probably wasn’t the same elephant. :-)

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7 Responses to “Elephants Never Forget - An Amazing Story about Elephants”

  1. Sundress Girl on March 18th, 2008 12:45 am

    Worst post I’ve ever seen on here

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  2. Travis Wright on March 18th, 2008 1:07 pm

    Ha haha… Someone sent that to my email, and I found it hilarious. I was least expecting it to be a joke, and it seems that you weren’t expecting it either. heh.

    ~keeping it light and breezy

  3. Adam Wright on March 19th, 2008 7:17 am

    Not a very uplifiting story, but it was a little humorous…kind of a scary way to start the day though.

  4. Mark on March 19th, 2008 6:57 pm

    Not very inspiring, but sounds just like a wind up to me.

    Still, some people still do amazingly stupid things even
    when they are otherwise very intelligent. Common sense
    and intelligence sometimes don’t live in the same house.

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  5. Travis Wright on March 19th, 2008 7:59 pm

    It’s a joke! Get it?

    Heh. Oh well.

  6. aninnymouse on April 20th, 2008 2:51 pm

    lolz tht wuz funy

  7. naz on April 24th, 2008 6:40 am

    Wo, ok its a joke, but I wasn’t expecting that this soon in the morning, nevertheless, it is funny. poor dumb dan.

    naz’s last blog post..The Power of Nightmares: The Shadows in the Cave

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