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Tom Siebel has been seriously injured after being trampled by an elephant. Siebel was on a photo safari in Tanzania with a guide watching a group of elephants when one animal charged. The guide fired at the elephant but missed. The animal attacked the guide before going for Siebel, breaking his ribs, trampling one leg and …

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How the hell..

do you miss an elephant?

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Elephant IT

Perhaps the elephant is a disgruntled customer who has been waiting a long time for a chance like this?

Maybe it has now migrated to SQL Server, mySQL or something?

I am a little surprised he's not suing the elephant...

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Tim

Trampled by an elephant

Is exactly how I felt every week when I had to do my timesheets on Siebel.

However, that is perhaps a bit mean spirited so I do wish him a speedy recovery and I hope the guide wasn't injured too badly either.

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No apparent reason?

Ok, maybe it's not readily apparent, but I'd bet 1 to 100 that the elephant or one of his family has been targetted at some point by poachers.

Whether he was reacting to the presence of humans or the smell of diesel, the lesson is the same... stay away from elephants -- they don't like us any more.

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PostgreSQL

Damn open source zealots, now they're resorting to violence...

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Joke

"...university and drug education programmes."

I was under the impression that University WAS a drug education programme...

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@Hermes (nine inch) Conran

Bet you'd have balls of steel with a pissed off twelve foot tall wild animal weighing six tons running towards you.

I know what I'd be doing, it would involve the production of bricks.

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missed !!

Man even my wife first time shooting hit a couple of clays and those are alot smaller than some pesky pissed off elephant !!

maybe the elephant was wearing a bullet proof turban ???

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Anonymous Coward

hmmm

Hadoop?

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Wild Animals

There's a reason that the guide was carrying a gun - they were observing wild animals, in the wild.

It's not particularly dangerous to watch elephants but there are risks, obviously. (And it's pretty easy to miss an elephant charging at you. Lots of people were killed like this when elephant hunting was en vogue).

That's why they're called wild animals.

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Coat

sleeping with ?

After the trampling Larry Elephant admitted that he'd never forgotten Thomas's betrayal.

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Coffee/keyboard

Hadoop?!?!

No, my coffee!!

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Grenade

@How the hell ...

"do you miss an elephant?"

Easy if you use French military rifles.

Hope the guide's okay.

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Best headline ever.

That is all.

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Coat

Databases ... elephants ...

Maybe the elephant in question was encouraged to do it by PostgreSQL?

OK, I'll get my coat ...

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Linux

Hadoop & PostgreSQL

haha.. Nice any others?

What no elephant icon?

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Anonymous Coward

Attacking an American

Doesn't the elephant risking extraordinary rendition to Gitmo, and waterboarding till he admits a plot of elephant kind to overthrow god and democracy.

Seriously though hope everyone recovers, including the Elephant.

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Joke

He missed because ...

the elephant was not in his pyjamas. Good old Groucho Marx joke.

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Coat

Next time

Stay in the car.

@ac 12:17:

With the deadline approaching the guide decided on a hasty snapshot of the trunk. The commit failed and it was the elephant's tusk to roll back.

Pole sana to Mr. Siebel.

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@Do Not Fold Spindle Mutilate

[Standing ovation]

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Joke

Wait a second

Hes married?

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@Myself

DOH I should have read the end of the article more.

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Anonymous Coward

@Do not fold, spindle or mutilate

"Women are like elephants. I like to look at em, but I wouldnt want to own one."

I expect the wrath of a moderatrix.

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No reason?

"Siebel told the paper the two men were watching the animals from a distance of 200 yards: 'There was no apparent reason, nothing that should have made it feel threatened,' Siebel said. 'It was quiet, and then the quiet stopped...'"

I do so love how, on one hand, humans say that animals are dumb and don't think like us and that's why we can kill them, and then on the other hand (like here), imply that animals do think like humans.

Newsflash -- just because YOU didn't see a reason to feel threatened doesn't mean the elephant (or anything/anyone else, for that matter) won't feel threatened. It may have been the presence of people (since the animals likely equate all people with poachers -- you know, like how most "Western" people equate virtually all people of Middle Eastern descent with terrorists), it may have been the weapon the guide was carrying, it may have been a sound, a smell, or anything else. The article didn't mention, but maybe there was a baby/young elephant in the group, and the charging elephant was being (over-)protective.

To put it into perspective -- how many people have killed animals (bears, mountain lions, alligators, snakes, etc) because those animals got "too close", even without the animal showing any interest in the person. And, of course, "too close" is relative to each person based on their fears, experiences, and tales from other people.

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@How the hell..

You turn up at the airport too later for security screening...

no, wait, that's a Jumbo.

OK, OK, I'm going

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