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In 1986,  Mike Membre 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 Membre  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, Membre 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.  Membre stood frozen,  thinking of nothing else but being trampled.  Eventually the elephant trumpeted loudly, turned, and walked away. Membre  never forgot that elephant or the events of that day.

Twenty  years later, Membre was walking through the C
hicago Zoo with  his teenage son.  As they approached the elephant enclosure, one of  the creatures turned and walked over to near where Membre and his son were standing.  The large bull elephant stared at Membre,  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, Membre couldn't help  wondering if this was the same elephant.
  Membre  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  Membre's legs and raised him high into the air and slammed him against the  wall, killing him instantly.

Probably  wasn't the same elephant.

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