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February 10, 2010 / theoldsilly

An Amazing Elephant 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 splinter of wood deeply embedded in it. As carefully and as gently as he could, Joe worked the wood out with his knife, after which the elephant gingerly put down its foot.

The elephant turned to Joe, and with a rather 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 forgot that elephant or the events of that day.

Thirty years later, Joe was walking through the Tulsa Zoo with his family. As they approached the elephant enclosure, one of the creatures turned and walked over to near where Joe and his family were standing. The large bull elephant stared at Joe, lifted its front foot off the ground, then put it down. The elephant did that several times then trumpeted in grand fashion, all the while staring at the man.

Remembering the encounter in 1972, Joe could not help wondering if this was the same elephant. He 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 Joe’s legs and slammed him against the railing, killing him instantly.

Probably wasn’t the same elephant.

(This is for everyone who forwards me all those email heart-warming bullshit stories)


(b.s. – and you thought I’d forgotten about my weekly Hilarious Hump Day feature, hmm?)

(b.b.s. – I didn’t make this one up. Credits go to my long time friend and jokester buddy, Bill Bliss, in sunny southern California. Wait – nix that. All he did was “forward” it to me. But still …)

(b.b.b.s – If you’re holding your breath waiting to find out which of the six outrageous lies about the Old Silly I claimed on yesterday’s post is actually the truth, hang on – got a special post for y’all tomorrow!)

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  1. Elizabeth Spann Craig / Feb 10 2010 5:24 am

    Okay, you DID have me going for a minute! But I thought the story bore an amazing resemblance (until the end) to that Aesop fable with the lion and the mouse! 🙂

    Mystery Writing is Murder

  2. L. Diane Wolfe / Feb 10 2010 6:49 am

    Cruel trick, Marvin!

  3. yvonne lewis / Feb 10 2010 8:18 am

    I was completely taken it until the end. nice one Marvin.


    • stfu / Apr 27 2011 2:17 am

      How is it a nice one? He just reposted it?

  4. Stanley Berber / Feb 10 2010 9:23 am

    Ha! Got me good on that one, Old Silly!

  5. Marcus Franks / Feb 10 2010 9:38 am

    LMAO! I’ve heard so many warm fuzzy elephant stories where the animal remembers a good deed and makes like reunited friends with the man or boy or whatever decades later that this was the perfect setup. Thanks for mid-week yuks, Marv!

  6. Cactus Annie / Feb 10 2010 10:41 am

    LOL – had me goin GOOD, Old silly!

  7. Ron Berry / Feb 10 2010 10:55 am

    It’s wednesday and I saw your latest award. I knew something was up.

    • theoldsilly / Feb 10 2010 2:22 pm

      Ha – can’t fool the ol’ unwriter, eh?

  8. quirkyloon / Feb 10 2010 11:12 am


    I did NOT see that one coming. I thought it was another “Christian the Lion” warm fuzzy story.


    • theoldsilly / Feb 10 2010 2:22 pm

      Aha! Finally GOTCHA, eh Quirkster? 😉

  9. Helen Ginger / Feb 10 2010 11:15 am

    ROTFH, seriously. Had me hooked to the very end.

    Straight From Hel

  10. John Standish / Feb 10 2010 12:42 pm

    Good lord ya got me with that one … hilarious!

  11. Jane Kennedy Sutton / Feb 10 2010 1:51 pm

    I didn’t see that coming! But, then, I guess neither did Joe.

  12. Alex J. Cavanaugh / Feb 10 2010 1:56 pm

    Doh! Good thing that was a joke – it was a crappy ending.

  13. Barbra Kelser / Feb 10 2010 2:24 pm

    SPLAT! That’s what my brain felt like with the surprise ending! LMAO, good one, Old Silly! 😉

  14. ReformingGeek / Feb 10 2010 2:40 pm

    Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. That’s actually one of the email jokes I remember. 😉

    Maybe I’m the elephant.

  15. Galen Kindley / Feb 10 2010 5:43 pm

    You know, Rod Steiger used to train elephants. Really! Would I lie to you?

    Best Wishes Galen.
    Imagineering Fiction Blog

  16. Kissie / Feb 10 2010 7:22 pm

    You got me good on that one! I like it.

  17. Thelma Banks / Feb 10 2010 10:14 pm


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