Grandad hears an amazing tale.

Featured in the September 2009 handbook.

Grandad was in Barry the Barbers again, waiting to get his hair cut when Barry told him about a tale that he had heard from Ted Kirk, one of his customers. The tale started some 20 odd years ago when a man called David was on holiday in Kenya. On a hike through the bush, he came across a young bull elephant standing with one leg raised in the air. The elephant seemed very distressed and in a great deal of pain, so David approached it very carefully. He got down on one knee and inspected the elephants foot and found a large piece of wood deeply embedded in it. As carefully as he could, David worked the piece of wood out, using his pocket knife, after which the elephant gingerly put his foot down. The elephant turned to face David and, with a rather curious look on his face, stared at him for several tense moments. David stood frozen, thinking of nothing else but being trampled to death. Eventually the elephant trumpeted loudly, turned and walked away. David never forget that elephant, or the events of that day.

Some twenty years later, David was walking around A British Zoo park and as he approached the elephant enclosure, one of the creatures turned and walked over to where David was standing. The large Bull elephant stared at him, lifted his front foot off the ground then put it down. The elephant did that several times then trumpeted loudly, all the while staring at David. Remembering the encounter he had some 20 years earlier, David could not help wondering if this was the same

elephant. David summoned up the courage and climbed into the enclosure.

He walked up to the elephant and stared at it in wonder. The elephant trumpeted again and raised his front foot. It then wrapped his trunk around David, picked him up and slammed him hard against the railings, killing him instantly. “Well what do you make of all that” Ted said to Barry the Barber. “It probably wasn’t the same elephant” said Barry.


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