Database billionaire trampled by elephant
Serious injuries for Siebel
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 goring the other. Finally the elephant lost interest and the two men were able to radio for help, reports the San Jose Mercury News.
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..."
Siebel was airlifted to Nairobi for treatment, eventually spending 18 days in four different hospitals. He is still recuperating at home from the attack which happened 1 August.
Siebel sold Siebel Systems to Oracle for $3.6bn in 2005. He now devotes much of his time to the Thomas and Stacey Siebel Foundation which funds university and drug education programmes. ®
@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
@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.
"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.