The Cowboy and His Elephant: The Story of a Remarkable Friendship [NOOK Book]

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In the late 1980s, a female baby elephant was born into a herd that lived on the plains of southern Africa. Her mother has carried her for two years, and normally she would have nursed her for five more. But the close-knit family of wild elephants was to face a predator for which it was no match--humans. In a "cull," her family was slaughtered in a few moments. Only the newborn female's life was spared. Terrified and bewildered the young ...
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In the late 1980s, a female baby elephant was born into a herd that lived on the plains of southern Africa. Her mother has carried her for two years, and normally she would have nursed her for five more. But the close-knit family of wild elephants was to face a predator for which it was no match--humans. In a "cull," her family was slaughtered in a few moments. Only the newborn female's life was spared. Terrified and bewildered the young elephant was transported to America to be sold. There she met the person who was to change her life forever.

Bob Norris is a cowboy with an enormous empathy for animals that overwhelms his other emotions. He was raised with a pet bear and as a boy decided to become a real cowboy. He saw his dream come true in Colorado on one of the larger horse-and-cattle ranches in America. Handsome as a movie star, he became the Marlboro Man and appeared on TV and on billboards around the world. But with the passing of years, and with his own family grown up, he felt the need for something that he could not name.

When she came into his life by happenstance, the hurt, vulnerable little elephant tapped the fullness of Bob's empathy, and an incredible bond between the most unlikely of friends was forged.

Bob adopted the baby orphan elephant--named Amy--and patiently set about helping her recover from the trauma of her ordeal. He had never seen a real African elephant up close, except in zoos. He was a horseman and breeder of champion quarter horses. But through close observation, gentle training, humor, and endless perseverance, Bob gradually coaxed Amy into overcoming her mistrust of humans, and indeed, her fear of the world. The little elephant became a "hand" on Bob's ranch, tending to simple chores, riding the fences, and shadowing Bob on his horse. She developed a winning personality, and a strong character, and became a beloved member of the Norris family and partner to the ranch hands.

But Bob knew from the start that the ultimate goal was for Amy to regain her confidence and her independence - even, if it were possible, to go back to the savannahs of Africa.

This is the true story of how Amy and Bob came together. No one who reads The Cowboy and His Elephant can fail to be moved by such a simple tale of unlikely love.


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429977234
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2007
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 165,241
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Malcolm MacPherson is a writer and journalist, former Newsweek staff correspondent in Nairobi, Paris, and London. He has written nine books of fiction and non fiction. He has worked as a Senior Editor for New York Magazine, a Senior Writer for Premiere, and contributed to publications from The New York Times to the Reader's Digest, Playboy, and Smithsonian. He now lives in northern Virginia.

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  • Posted August 15, 2011

    I loved this book

    This is an amazing story of love and friendship. A heartwarming and incredible journey. I read it in 2 nights. You will fall in love with the elephant amy

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  • Posted May 10, 2011

    A wonderful and heart warming story

    If you like animals and inspiring handsome men who lead rich and fulfilling lives - you will love this story. Bob is a true Cowboy and gentleman who is a great friend and a man of rare great character. His story will warm your heart and you will feel his love of Amy and the great life he gave her and himself in the process.

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  • Posted July 15, 2010

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    Heartwarming, a must read for animal lovers.

    This is the true story of Bob Norris, aka Marlboro Man, and his love of animals, specifically an elephant that fell into his life. Very well-written and a fast read, it will make you laugh and cry. Whether you love all animals or just elephants, you simply must read this wonderful true story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2009

    A Great Love Story

    This was an extremely touching story of friendship, love and a lifetime of devotion. Once I started this book, I did not want to put it down. My only regret was taking it to read on an airplane and finding it so difficult to keep my tears in check. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has loved an animal.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2005

    Worth reading

    What a shock. Not sure why I bought, but not sorry that I did. It was wonderful. What insight into the heart of animal lovers everywhere.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2004

    Absolutely Wonderful

    I laughed. I cried. It touched every emotion. Simply stated - I couldn't put it down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2003

    Touching Yet Strange

    This is a very realistic book on how the elephants in Africa lived their lives and how they were treated. It almost made me cry! There are some remarkable feelings slowly mixed into every page that makes you want to keep reading until you're done! Animal lovers should truely read this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2003

    The best book I ever read!

    My headline says it. I cannot imagine any person, young, old, liberal, conservative, etc, that would not love this book. A must read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2001

    Absolutely Wonderful . . . And More

    This is a 'must read' for any animal lover. If ever anyone loved an animal, Bob Norris truly loved Amy and she will always be his 'little girl' no matter what and for eternity. They will always be connected by the heart. Any person who has ever known the special bond that develops when you raise an animal, like a child, will love and appreciate this wonderfully written book. It is a truly amazing book which will make you cry that Bob and Amy have to be separated in the end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2001

    inspirational and educational

    the cowboy and his elephant is a moving story, and reading it is both a pleasure and an education.

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    Posted May 7, 2011

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