The Elephant’s Journey to Pay Respect

by Rebecca on January 21, 2013

in Animal Stories,Pet Talk

Lawrence Anthony, a legend in South Africa and author of 3 books including
the bestseller The Elephant Whisperer, bravely rescued wildlife and
rehabilitated elephants all over the globe from human atrocities, including
the courageous rescue of Baghdad Zoo animals during US invasion in 2003.
On March 7, 2012 Lawrence Anthony died.

He is remembered and missed by his wife, 2 sons, 2 grandsons and numerous

Two days after his passing, the wild elephants showed up at his home led by
two large matriarchs.

Separate wild herds arrived in droves to say goodbye to their beloved

A total of 31 elephants had patiently walked over 12 miles to get to his
South African House.

Witnessing this spectacle, humans were obviously in awe not only because of
the supreme intelligence and precise timing that these elephants sensed about
Lawrence ‘s passing, but also because of the profound memory and emotion the
beloved animals evoked in such an organized way:
Walking slowly – for days – Making their way in a solemn one-by-one queue
from their habitat to his house.

Lawrence’s wife, Francoise, was especially touched, knowing that the
had not been to his house prior to that day for well over 3 years!

But yet they knew where they were going.

The elephants obviously wanted to pay their deep respects, honoring their
friend who’d saved their lives – so much respect that they stayed for 2 days 2
nights without eating anything..
Then one morning, they left, making their long journey back home…………

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