One day in 1981, a man by the name of Joseph Weston was hiking in Kenya after graduating from Tulsa Junior College.
As he was hiking, he noticed an elephant in the distance that had its foot hovering in the air. Not wanting to startle the creature, Joseph slowly made his way toward the elephant. When he got close to the elephant, he noticed a large splinter of wood sticking out from the elephant’s foot. Acting carefully, Joseph removed the splinter with his knife. After successfully removing it, the elephant looked at him and stomped its foot several times. Joseph stayed still, with the fear of imminent death. After stomping its foot, the elephant trumpeted loudly and walked away. Joe never forgot that day.
Thirty years later, Joseph was with his family at the Tulsa Zoo when an elephant walked up to Joseph’s side of the enclosure and stomped its foot several times. Remembering the incident from thirty years ago, Joseph couldn’t help but wonder if this was the same elephant.
Mustering all the courage he had, Joseph climbed over the fence and into the enclosure. He walked up to the elephant and held its gaze for several minutes before the elephant trumpeted. The elephant then wrapped its trunk around Joseph, picked him up, and then slammed him against the fence, killing him instantly.
Probably wasn’t the same elephant.