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Elephant makes it a special day

How much bad luck can a person have? Today, September 18, is my birthday. I've had better ones.

Soon after the collapse of communism I took a cheap coach holiday to Zakopane in Poland with a colleague. On the way back we stopped in central Berlin on September 18. Most passengers went over to snap the Wall, but I went to the zoo and got to the African elephant house just before closing time.

The females had been brought in for the night, but nobody was going to tether the old bull Benjamin. He peered at me, came up to the barrier, picked up a wisp of hay and gently handed it to me. One of the best birthdays ever.

H PRICE

Co Down

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