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Everybody Has a Story: Elephant makes a statement

She witnessed as one of the big guys took sweet revenge

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Published: November 30, 2019, 6:00am

On our first motor home trip around the country we inadvertently ended up in downtown Chicago, because I had picked up an old Chicago road map at a garage sale and the freeway bypassing downtown had been relocated. It wound up being pretty hairy because my husband was a new motor home driver, trying to maneuver a 32-foot rig down Michigan Avenue at 5 p.m. on a weekday. There were lots of funny looks and probably a few words it’s best we couldn’t hear. But we managed to get out of there without a scrape.

Later we went to the free Lincoln Park Zoo. Since I had collected elephant figurines for years, elephants were one of the things I wanted to see. As we walked toward the elephant exhibit, we could see a group of young boys running back and forth outside the pen, yelling and taunting one elephant.

The elephant was pacing back and forth, swinging his trunk, and acting very nervous. When he’d had enough of their taunting, he stopped to do his “duty” — and immediately picked it up with his trunk and flung it at the boys. Boy, did they scatter as the soft doo splattered all across the sidewalk!

Wouldn’t you know, I’d left the video camera in our motor home. I’ve often thought I could have been on “America’s Funniest Videos” with that one.

I had to give up my elephant collection when we started living full time in our motor home, but it was great to see the elephants in the flesh.


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