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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