31 elephants trek 12 miles to pay respect. But how did they know???

This came into my in-box - not sure where it originated but boy its worth passing on ....

" HOW DID THEY KNOW? SOMETHING IN THE UNIVERSE THAT IS GREATER AND DEEPER THAN HUMAN INTELLIGENCE. THE ELEPHANT'S JOURNEY TO PAY RESPECT, BUT HOW DID THEY KNOW ?????????

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 & numerous 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 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 elephants
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............

Boy we humans have a long way to go to understand what this planet and life is really about!! Ann


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31 elephants trek 12 miles to pay respect. But how did they know

It is quite heart rending the way we treat our animals - think the slaughter of whales and dolphins; destroying the habitat of orangotangs etc. Sadly we are going to end up with a planet full of people - overcrowded and angry - no wonder we are looking to other planets. We've just about stuffed this one - Ann

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Andrew Priestley

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31 elephants trek 12 miles to pay respect. But how did they know

They just don't forget. Seriously, there is an amazing book called Dogs Never Lie About Love and it includes this phenomena. Fascinating read. When I was studying for my psych degree I read another amazing book called How Dogs Learn - nothing to do with elephants but inspiring insight into the emotional life of mammals.

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Georgina Lester

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31 elephants trek 12 miles to pay respect. But how did they know

There is definitely so much to this Universe than meets the eye or even touches the soul. We as humans can display an incredible arrogance at times, thinking that we know it all and we know the truth of it all. Elephants are well known for showing respect to the members of their herd when they die. They openly grieve and mourn. It seems logical to me that they would do the same for another being who they probably saw as a member of their herd.

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