–You Hit a WHAT?!

ODD Elephant Sideswiped– – It’s not unusual for deer or cows to cross Oklahoma’s rural highways, but imagine driving home…from church, no less…and hitting an elephant!

I swear that I am not making this up! About 80 miles north of Oklahoma City in Enid, a guy in his late 60’s swerved his SUV at the last second and ended up sideswiping a 29-year-old pachyderm that had escaped from a nearby circus late Wednesday and wandered onto U.S. 81.  “Didn’t have time to hit the brakes.  The elephant blended in with the road,” said the driver.  “At the very last second I said ‘elephant!'” Now that’s something you don’t see every day…or hear said every day!

After sideswiping the elephant, the motorist’s wife flagged some people down and used their cell phone to call police, where the dispatcher didn’t quite believe her.  “You hit a WHAT?,” he said.  One can also imagine the reaction these folks  got upon calling the accident in to their friendly auto insurance adjuster.

“So help me Hanna, had I hit that elephant, not swerved, it would have knocked it off its legs, and it would have landed right on top of us,” summarized the motorist.  “We’d have been history.” Clearly, it would have been a no-win scenario.

Fortunately the couple, who own a wheat farm, weren’t history.  The 8-foot, 4,500-pound elephant suffered a broken tusk and a leg wound, with a local vet saying it appeared to have escaped major injury.

(- -I just love stories with happy endings, don’t you?- -This true story would have made a great episode of Courage, the Cowardly Dog…Eustace and Muriel are riding along in their truck, when Eustace screams, “Elephant!”  Courage also screams, his eyes leaving their sockets…

– -BTW, hear any good elephant jokes lately?)   😉

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9 Comments on “–You Hit a WHAT?!”

  1. carycomic Says:

    Wouldn’t telephonically summoning help for an injured elephant constitute a…trunk call?

    *British foxes, at once, guffaw uproariously.*


  2. carycomic Says:

    Well, you see, “trunk call” is British slang for a transatlantic telephone call and…

    *Tiring of hearing the cricket-chirps, commentator goes to get some bug spray.*


  3. carycomic Says:

    Let’s put it this way: if they’re so lucky, wouldn’t it be impossible to catch and cage them (even occasionally)?


  4. carycomic Says:

    To which Carycomic replies:

    “When you squish a buggy star,
    Makes no difference who they are!
    Except, well, maybe Tinkerbell.
    She’s got….great….LEEEEEEEEEEEGS!”


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