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Wild Elephants Mourn Man Who Saved Them

March 2, 2015 · By Angela Render
African Elephants

Elephants are emotional creatures as well as loyal ones who are capable of distinguishing between humans who threaten them and those who are trying to help. A story of a prime example of this follows:

When author and legendary conservationist Lawrence Anthony died on March 7, 2012, something unexpected happened—two herds of wild South African elephants trekked twelve hours through the brush to pay their respects.

Known for is best selling book, The Elephant Whisperer, Anthony had taken in troubled elephants over the years in a “last chance” effort to save them from being shot. For years, he lived with the violent, rogue elephants, destined to be shot as pests, feeding them, talking to them and being a stable presence in their lived. While doing so, he formed a life-long rapport with them.

While we may ever know how the elephants grazing miles away in different parts of the park knew of Anthony’s sudden, unexpected, death, both moved toward the deceased man’s home and stayed at Anthony’s rural compound on the vast Thula Thula game reserve in the South African KwaZulu for two days – to say good-bye to the man they loved.

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