Wild Elephants Mourn Death Of Human Savior

African_ElephantsA touching story, courtesy of The Delight Makers:

Author and legendary conservationist Lawrence Anthony died March 7. His family tells of a solemn procession on March 10 that defies human explanation.

For 12 hours, two herds of wild South African elephants slowly made their way through the Zululand bush until they reached the house of late author Lawrence Anthony, the conservationist who saved their lives.The formerly violent, rogue elephants, destined to be shot a few years ago as pests, were rescued and rehabilitated by Anthony, who had grown up in the bush and was known as the “Elephant Whisperer.”

For two days the herds loitered at Anthony’s rural compound on the vast Thula Thula game reserve in the South African KwaZulu – to say good-bye to the man they loved. But how did they know he had died March 7? Known for his unique ability to calm traumatized elephants, Anthony had become a legend. He is the author of three books, Babylon Ark, detailing his efforts to rescue the animals at Baghdad Zoo during the Iraqi war, the forthcoming The Last Rhinos, and his bestselling The Elephant Whisperer.

There are two elephant herds at Thula Thula. According to his son Dylan, both arrived at the Anthony family compound shortly after Anthony’s death.“They had not visited the house for a year and a half and it must have taken them about 12 hours to make the journey,” Dylan is quoted in various local news accounts. “The first herd arrived on Sunday and the second herd, a day later. They all hung around for about two days before making their way back into the bush.”Elephants have long been known to mourn their dead. In India, baby elephants often are raised with a boy who will be their lifelong “mahout.” The pair develop legendary bonds – and it is not uncommon for one to waste away without a will to live after the death of the other…

[continues at The Delight Makers]


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23 Comments on "Wild Elephants Mourn Death Of Human Savior"

  1. Get a good look now. They’ll be extinct in 50 years. Thanks techno worshipers, capitalists, industrialists, black market dealers and buyers, and habitat destruction.

    • Lextalionis | May 14, 2012 at 6:40 pm |

      the irony of you using a computer to bitch about technologists is DELICIOUS

      • There is a big difference between reasonable usage of technology and the absurd industrial manifest-destiny presently being waged against nature of which I’m sure N. Drake is speaking.

        • Bob LobLaw | May 14, 2012 at 8:31 pm |

          How can it be waged against nature when humans and technology/industrialization are part of nature. Nothing is separate from nature on this planet. Nature is an intelligent process, and it made us to build those things at our own peril.

          • Jin The Ninja | May 14, 2012 at 10:09 pm |

             nature didn’t engineer humanity to rape her barren and extract resources at net energy loss.

          • Bob LobLaw | May 15, 2012 at 12:21 am |

            That’s certainly a phase of a species gaining self-awareness. And human/animal nature being as it is, it’s unavoidable.

          • Jin The Ninja | May 15, 2012 at 9:00 am |

            is that in history of the earth for preschoolers? i wasn’t aware an evolutionary prerequisite was ‘destroy your habitat.’

          • self awareness without awareness of your sustaining environment is not self awareness in the truest sense.

          • Nature can have a destructive side and a creative side, but when the destructive side starts destroying the actual fonts of creativity, there is a problem.

    •  ugh. nonsense! please tell me you are not sullying the good name of Nicholas Rodney Drake for this medieval crap you’re spewing!?

      • Jin The Ninja | May 15, 2012 at 9:19 am |

        so a critique of technology (and its ‘rewards’) is suddenly ‘mediæval? please tell me you have an ACTUAL arguement to make, aside from a juvenile wave of the hand, and that oh-so intellectual stomping of the foot you demonstrated.

  2. Extraordinary creatures.

  3. Calypso_1 | May 14, 2012 at 6:40 pm |

    What a tribute to receive.  They should bury his remains in the elephant graveyard.

  4. How anyone can hunt a creature that is clearly intelligent, if not sentient baffles me. This is one of the most amazing things I’ve ever read. 

  5. SmokinTokinJokinBrit | May 14, 2012 at 11:06 pm |

    we’re a plague we really are, no other animal in nature inflicts such pain on its own or fellow species, we evolve we conquer we exploit we destroy we move on … i miss loving humanity like when i was a little kid, i couldn’t kill an elephant to save my own life, some people need to die in this world

  6. justagirl | May 15, 2012 at 9:38 am |

    oh NOW you come to visit..  :/

  7. Prowler101477 | May 21, 2012 at 11:50 pm |

    Our planet would be so much better off with out Humans we are just parasites destroying what took billions of years in a mere century. like any other creature in history we will be the victim of our on success hopefully this happens before we destroy this beautiful planet for good!  

  8. Madeleine Innocent | May 30, 2012 at 8:49 pm |

    Wake up world, we’re not the only ones who fee.

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