In 1986, Makele Mabembe 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 Makele approached it very slowly and carefully. The elephant let him approach so 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, Makele worked the wood out with his hunting knife, after which time 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 long tense moments. Makele stood frozen, looking directly into the elephants large eye, thinking of nothing else but being trampled. Eventually the elephant trumpeted loudly, touched Makele's face with it's trunk, turned, and walked away. Makele never forgot that elephant or the events of that special day. * Twenty years later, Makele 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 Makele and his son were standing. The large bull elephant stared at Makele, lifted its front foot off the ground, 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, Makele couldn't help wondering if this was the same elephant. Makele 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 Makele's legs and slammed him against the railing, killing him instantly. * Probably wasn't the same elephant.