The Cowboy and His Elephant: The Story of a Remarkable Friendship

The Cowboy and His Elephant: The Story of a Remarkable Friendship

by Malcolm MacPherson
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The Cowboy and His Elephant: The Story of a Remarkable Friendship by Malcolm MacPherson

In the late 1980s, a female baby elephant was born into a herd that lived on the plains of Southern Africa. Her mother had 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," the 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 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, and saw his dream come true on one of the larger cattle ranches in America. Handsome as a movie star, he was the Marlboro Man, with his face appearing on TV and on billboards around the world. But with the passing of years, and 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 cattle ranch, tending to simple chores, riding the fences, and shadowing Bob on his horse. She developed a winning personality and strong character, and became a beloved member of the Norris family, and partner to the ranch hands.

But Bob knew almost 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.

Author Biography: MALCOLM MACPHERSON foremost is the father of Molly and Fraser, ages 11 and 9, and the husband of Charlie, with whom he lives in the countryside of Virginia. He writes books, which include the novels In Cahoots and Deadlock, the holocaust history The Blood of his Servants, and the history of the atomic bomb Time Bomb. He has worked on the staffs of New York Magazine and Premiere. For nearly fifteen years, he was a staff correspondent for Newsweek, based in the U.S., Europe, and Africa, where he took every opportunity to observe elephants in the wild. He has contributed stories and articles to publications from the New York Times to the Readers' Digest. Presently, he and his family are travelling around the world for a year, ending the summer of 2001, and writing their experiences for Newsweek Interactive.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312252090
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 05/09/2001
Edition description: REV
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.58(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.08(d)
Lexile: 880L (what's this?)

About the Author

Malcolm MacPherson lives in the countryside of Virginia with his children Molly and Fraser, and his wife Charlie. He has worked on the staffs of New York Magazine and Premiere, and has contributed stories and articles to publications from The New York Times to Readers' Digest. For nearly fifteen years, he was a staff correspondent for Newsweek, based in the U.S., Europe, and Africa, where he took every opportunity to observe elephants in the wild.

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The Cowboy and His Elephant: The Story of a Remarkable Friendship 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As I was reading I was feeling different emotions. I was happy, I was laughing, I was sad and I was crying. I've never felt such emotion reading a book. I recommend anyone who is an animal lover, as I am, read this book. You won't forget it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this story of Amy the elephant and her journey from Africa to America and back. Very well told with unexpected stories. Any one who loves elephants should definitely read this book.
Cindy DiMaggio More than 1 year ago
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
LovethatReba More than 1 year ago
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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Pattycakes327 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I laughed. I cried. It touched every emotion. Simply stated - I couldn't put it down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
My headline says it. I cannot imagine any person, young, old, liberal, conservative, etc, that would not love this book. A must read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
the cowboy and his elephant is a moving story, and reading it is both a pleasure and an education.