"Gather Ye Rosebuds While Ye May" is a poem by Robert Herrick. This poem portrays our existence on earth, and that people age as life goes on, and everything becomes boundless. Herrick here urges people to take advantage of youth and energy while they may! The poem is in the genre of carpe diem, to seize the day.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Amazing Story

In 1986, Dan Harrison (see picture above) 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, and 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.

Probably wasn't the same elephant.

Thanks Linda :-)


Anonymous said...

Holy Smokes! I did NOT expect that ending. On the other hand, he had twenty good years after the incredible foolishness of approaching a wounded bull elephant and digging something out of his foot with a knife - he was lucky to survive. . . if a single word of this is true, LOL

Purgatory said...


Ansam said...

Thats what I call a twisted ending LOL

I know heehee

Anonymous said...

The conclusive comment cracked me up, everyone in the office jumped LOL!

One helluva twisted ending! I'll be retelling this story without a doubt! hehe

pablo-chiarpenello said...


Good story, LOL LOL LOL

One more example of the human stupidity.

Ansam said...

LOL glad you liked it

exactly hehehehe... OH I saw pics of your little girl... she is so adorable with all those adorable facial expressions! TOO CUTE

eshda3wa said...

i want to laugh

bs its mean

but wat the heck


LaLa said...

is this real?

Ansam said...

Laugh shwarach hehehehe

Nop! I dont think so

pablo-chiarpenello said...

Hi Ansam.

My baby girl has extra large cheeks, so it is impossible not to kiss them. She is so young and looks at me like stop drooling yourself, that’s my job for being a baby.

Ansam said...


Grey said...

hahah ! what were the chances ! yet cruel ending , poor son got to see his dad die .... Not funny !

Ansam said...

hahahaha still... a funny story :-P

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