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

3.95  ·  Rating Details  ·  438 Ratings  ·  66 Reviews
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 ne ...more
ebook, 256 pages
Published April 1st 2007 by Thomas Dunne Books (first published May 9th 2001)
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Melissa Martin
Oct 07, 2014 Melissa Martin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, animals
I loved this book for the simple fact that this man, "The Marlboro Man" bought this elephant baby who's family was killed in a freaking cull in Africa. A man came along and wanted to rent some of his barn space for some baby elephants the was selling to circuses etc. Amy was a runt and being picked on by the other babies. He saw that she was very depressed and just couldn't let her go being afraid for her. They formed a wonderful bond until she was too old and had to find another home.

Now let m
May 22, 2009 Lindsay rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I read came upon this book recently after having gotten in touch with an old boyfriend from high school (via Facebook). I was particularly interested in reading this story because, as it turns out, I have been to this ranch.
While visitng the said boyfriend, Bobby, in Littleton, CO, his mom, little brother and sister and I all drove down to Colorado Springs one day to spend an afternoon walking around this beautiful ranch with this wonderful man named Bob Norris. Bob, it turns out, is or was, th
Sep 06, 2012 Judy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Kimberly, Jaxnsmom, Amanda, Snoozie Suzie, Lisa
The first two chapters of this book lumber along while they provide necessary background for both Bob Norris, the Marlboro Man, and Amy the elephant. After that, the book takes off like a quarter horse on Bob's ranch. The story is a fun blend of the charm of the devotion that existed between Amy and Bob, knowledge of what it takes to raise an elephant, amazement at Amy's intelligence, Bob's stubbornness and the blow of the reality of an aging individual raising a 2000-plus elephant.

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Remarkable and enthralling - “The Cowboy and His Elephant” – the true story of Bob Norris, American rancher, and his fate-generated friendship with Amy, the African elephant. I’m so delighted to have come across this book! Bob’s life-story, in and of itself, makes for a fascinating read; how many ranchers can say they were, by happenstance, The Marlboro Man of rough and rugged fame? Add Amy’s back-story of how she came to be saved from the heart-breaking cull, along with elephant studies and lor ...more
Apr 09, 2012 Beth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the true, heartwarming story of Bob Norris, Colorado rancher and Marlboro Man, who adopts (and falls in love with) a newborn African elephant named Amy. Amy has been traumatized by watching her entire family slaughtered in Africa. Bob, who's empathy for animals overwhelms his other emotions, is determined to help her overcome her sadness and distrust of humans. Using gentle training and perseverance, Bob helps Amy develop into the sweet, lovable, mischievous elephant she was meant to be. ...more
Jan 08, 2016 PoachingFacts rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: animal lovers, kids, circus attendees, elephant lovers
Cowboy and His Elephant by Malcolm MacPherson details the friendship that rancher Bob Norris shared with his elephant Amy. It's a touching and remarkable account of the behavior and emotions experienced by an elephant with a caring guardian. Although
Norris, who is the grandnephew of the founder of the Texaco oil company, acquired Amy as a baby through chance events the true story of their life together demonstrates the ease at which humans can understand and relate to wildlife even as complex a
Jun 25, 2015 Marie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Two years ago I visited Have Trunk Will Travel in California with my pre-vet club. The elephants all had strong personalities: curious, fun, and even mischievous. After that experience I've stayed fascinated with elephants, so when I saw this book on the shelf at the library I picked it up to read it.

It's a cute, heartwarming story. The beginning is assumption on the part of the owner, written almost in poetic prose. From there the author swaps to a more journalistic style of writing. The huge p
Sheri Struk
May 18, 2014 Sheri Struk rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Brenda Leavy
Jan 28, 2015 Brenda Leavy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Brenda by: My mom
Shelves: non-fiction
As an animal lover, I envy Bob his life on the ranch with his horses, dogs, cows, and the occasional goat and elephant.... His empathy and deep feelings for his animals resonated with did his heartbreak at loss..

Being the caretaker of an elephant is no easy task. Caring for one that was orphaned as a baby in Africa and shipped to the U.S. is another matter altogether. Amy went through heartache, loss, depression, just as we do. Bob's love and patience drew her from her grief into a curio
A sweet biography about a cowboy (specifically the Marlboro Man) who adopts an orphaned African elephant named Amy. Amy's antics made me chuckle and the strength of the relationship between the cowboy and the elephant made me tear up a bit.
Pamela Pickering
Elephants may be quickly replacing dolphins as my favorite mammal (besides dogs of course). How do I rate this? The writing was very simple (in fact, I would recommend this to my 11 year old niece) so I can't really give it 5 stars but the story was so heartwarming. There aren't many books out there that can make me laugh and cry. I learned I couldn't read this before work because I would have to redo my eye makeup. I fell so in love with Amy and Bob's affection for her was remarkable. One of th ...more
Sep 07, 2008 Kellie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a wonderful book! This is a story of Amy, an African elephant who loses her herd in an African cull. This is also a story of Bob Norris, the cowboy. He is also known as the Marlboro Man. After Amy is shipped to the US, her owner asks Bob if he can rent 5 stalls for the baby elephants. Bob agrees. And thus begins a remarkable friendship between Bob and Amy. Bob ends up buying Amy and their relationship blooms. As time goes by, Amy becomes too big for her surroundings and ends up the star per ...more
If you can get past the bad presentation and writing it is a good story. Bob Norris is a Colorado rancher and known for being the Marlboro Man. He finds himself taking care of Newborn African Elephants on his ranch. One of the Elephants gets to his heart and he keeps her for a long as he can.
Book is heartbreaking, a little funny and thought provoking.
Aug 27, 2008 Kelsie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: don-t-bother
oh, I was so disappointed with this book....I was looking for another "Marley and Me" experience and although this story had the ability to tug the heart strings,it didn't.
Bob the honest to god Marlboro Man had a nice ranch, and one day got a request to rent stalls to a man to house his baby elephants. Bob agrees and eventually comes to love one in particular, Amy, who he adopts and raises. Unfortunately, Amy grows quite large and needs to be relocated. Obviously, for us animal lovers, you can
Sarah Beyer
Nov 23, 2015 Sarah Beyer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Couldn't put it down

I couldn't put this book down. From start to finish it is a heart warming story of our connection between humans and animals. We're all living,breathing,thinking vessels that roam this earth
Sep 22, 2015 Jan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really loved this book. I felt like I had gone on this adventure along with them. I so admired him and his wife for the way they treated and loved this elephant. I am always amazed at how intelligent they are.
Jan 07, 2015 Julia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Adorable and heartwarming! I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to read a beautiful story about a friendship between a man and an elephant. I learned tons about elephants too:)
Barb Cullen
Not a bad book, but a little disappointing in that there seemed to be more about the people than the elephant. Simply written. Maybe good for YA lit.
Jan 28, 2016 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not particularly good writing, but a thoroughly fascinating tale with lots of really different and interesting characters.
R.p. Morgan
i enjoyed it as I enjoy most well written animal/people love stories. It was a little simple in plot but an above average read.
Oct 14, 2015 Beverly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the late 1980s, a female baby elephant was the only survivor of a her cull, where she was transported to America to be sold. Bob Norris, the Marlboro Man, is a cowboy with an empathy for animals. When the hurt, baby elephant, Amy, came into his life, an incredible bond between them was forged. Bob adopted Amy and through gentle training, humor, and perseverance, coaxed Amy into overcoming her mistrust of humans. Bob knew from the start that the ultimate goal was for Amy to regain her independ ...more
Sep 15, 2014 Peg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Unusual and interesting. The story of the Marlboro Man and his pet elephant. Really enjoyed this book.
Jul 02, 2015 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The writing wasn't wonderful, but, the story was GREAT!!
This was a sweet book.
May 16, 2012 Tifnie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography
I have to say, I love getting books from second hand stores - I don't think I would have found this book otherwise.

The Cowboy and His Elephant is about Bob Norris, the original Marlboro Man, a born cowboy who befriends an elephant that was recued from Africa after her entire family was killed. Amy, a 2+ year old elephant is the runt of the rscued elephants and the last to be sold. For $16,000 Bob buys her and quickly developes a unique bond.

This is their story of that friendship and the journey
If you like true stories about elephants, this is a good read. It's not as good a book as Modoc or even Water for Elephants, but it gives another perspective of how much work and care is involved in owning an elephant. One of the biggest surprises is revealing how "circus people" feel about circus protestors, particularly those who protest having elephants at a circus. It seems to me that the majority of circus people who own elephants care for them more than their human family.
Oct 06, 2014 Barbara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this was a nice true story about fate and the relationships between people and animals. Bob Norris is a very interesting man - the former Marlboro Man - and this is really a heartwarming tale of how he came to be friends with a baby elephant, Amy, saved from the cull in Africa. Bob was a larger than life rancher, businessman, and this made for a good read. Anyone who's an animal lover would enjoy!
Aug 10, 2013 Helen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a moving story about the relationship between an african elephant who survived the slaughter of her troop and the American cowboy who adopted her. It's a story about survival against great odds. And a story about fortitude, adaptability, and ingenuity. We learn a great deal about what kind of beings elephants are and what kind of environment they need to survive and thrive. And it is beautifully written.
Apr 01, 2009 Karin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This truly is a remarkable story. A baby elephant whose mother was slaughtered by poachers for ivory,shipped to America for sale as who knows what, bought out of pitty by a rancher that had been THE Marlboro Man, saved from dying, and was raised to be a friendly companion to Bob, the owner of the T Cross ranch just south of Colorado Springs gives the basis of this fascinating book. A must read to find the ending!
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