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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  • N. Drake

    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

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

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bobbie-Jean-Pentecost/100000391760333 Bobbie Jean Pentecost

        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

          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

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

          • Bob LobLaw

            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

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

          • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

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

          • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

            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.

    • damg

       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

        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.

  • Redacted

    Extraordinary creatures.

  • Calypso_1

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

  • chris

    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. 

  • SmokinTokinJokinBrit

    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

    • Earaches

      Thanks for stopping by.

    • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

      There is still much to love, It’s just a lot harder to do sometimes than the alternative.

    • Dead_Diver

      Humans are more like a parasite than a plague. Plagues serve a purpose in nature but we don’t.

  • justagirl

    oh NOW you come to visit..  :/

  • Prowler101477

    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!  

  • Madeleine Innocent

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

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