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Friday, August 31, 2012


Lawrence Anthony has been a legend in South Africa and the author of three books, including the best seller: The Elephant Whisperer. He bravely rescued and rehabilitated elephants from human atrocities all over the globe, including the courageous rescue of Baghdad Zoo animals during the Gulf War in 2004.

On March 7, 2012, Lawrence Anthony died. He is remembered and missed by his wife, two sons, two grandsons and numerous grateful elephants.

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 man-friend. A total of 20 elephants had patiently walked over 12 miles to get to his house located in South Africa.

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 elephants had not been to his house, prior to that day, for well over a year! Yet, they knew exactly where they were going. The elephants obviously wanted to pay their deep respects, honoring their friend who had saved their lives, so much that they stayed for two days and two nights.

Then, one morning, they left – making their long journey back to their habitat.


Anonymous said...

They are marvelous creatures. Soo

Beautiful Story---Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

In my mind, these animals are much smarter and caring than we humans.

Anonymous said...

Wow. I am impressed and a little jealous...but in a good way.

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful story! Man and Elephant, mutual love and respect.

Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

Good story----Shows they are much like humans ----they hurt , they feel, they love & they remember!!

For every captive Circus elephant that has shown signs of agression---behind that lies mistreatment or they have gotton agressive from being confined----which they never should be.
I will never ever attend another Circus because of the way animals are displayed & held "unnaturally" for public entertainment. It's inhumane to treat them as such! They are ment to be free.

Anonymous said...

They are ment to be free.

September 1, 2012 10:43 AM

Glad you got to voice your save the whales rant. Can we now get back on topic?