“I assure you, your elephant will not go wasted,” I explained.

“I think we’d all have to say it’s been a really good safari,” Tom said.

 “Yes it’s been great for all of us,” Bret added.

 “By the way, Tom. I know you were uneasy about just leaving the elephant and only taking his tusks and a little of its’ hide,” I said.

 “I’m sorry, it just seems like such a waste,” Tom replied.

 “Well, I want to let you know our philosophy. First of all, we only pursue elephant if the owner of the ranch, or the Kenyan government tells us the herd is too large and is doing damage to trees, fences, and so forth. Secondly, even though we don’t eat the elephant, the carcass will certainly not go wasted. The scavenger animals in the area will be fed for weeks, and some of the natives in the area will eat elephant meat. I assure you, your elephant will not go wasted,” I explained.

 “Thank you for explaining that. I feel better now,” Tom said.

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