Elephants Journey to Pay Respects

Elephants Journey to Pay Respects

Elephants Journey to Pay Respects


Lawrence Anthony, author of The Elephant Whisperer, was well known for his work with elephants needing rehabilitation after the evil attacks of people in various parts of the world.  Two days after he died in early March 2012, a curious phenomenon was observed.  Two large females had led a band of 31 wild elephants to his home in South Africa, walking slowly for twelve miles in a single file line.  Other herds gathered as well.

If you have any doubt that all living things are connected in ways we often fail to understand, read  the story that has circulated around the world. The elephants of Thula Thula, who formed this funeral procession to Lawrence's house, stayed for two days and nights without food, and quietly left without fanfare, show us how to give respect and honor to someone who matters to us.

Animals have much to teach us.  Whether we understand the mechanism by which these elephants knew of Anthony Lawrence’s passing is of little importance.  The story simply reminds us to open our hearts and minds to the possibilities that exist within an infinite universe.




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    Denise Norberg-Johnson is an Animal Communicator and Reiki Master, who also works with animals and their people as a Certified LifeLine Practitioner. As a former biology teacher, construction contractor, business trainer and financial writer, she has spent her life engaged in a continuous learning process. An award-winning speaker and author, she has been interviewed on television, radio, and in print, and anticipates the publication of her book, "Animals Know! - What Animals Teach Us" in early 2013. Denise's formal education includes an M.B.A., a Masters degree in Teaching, a B.A. in Biological Science, and an A.A. in Architectural Interior Design. When she is not reading voraciously, dancing as if no one is watching, or attempting to play her junior high school violin recital pieces, she amuses herself by annoying her husband Dave and their six rescued cats.

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