The Delight Makers Website reports that "For 12 hours, two herds of wild South African elephants slowly made their way through the Zululand bush until they reached the house of late author Lawrence Anthony, the conservationist who saved their lives. The formerly violent, rogue elephants, destined to be shot a few years ago as pests, were rescued and rehabilitated by Anthony, who had grown up in the bush and was known as the ‘Elephant Whisperer.’"
The elephants lingered there for two days, to say goodbye. But how did they know he died? There is some evidence that elephants communicate with each other–and with humans–telepathically.
Delight Makers quotes Anthony’s son Dylan as saying, "They had not visited the house for a year and a half and it must have taken them about 12 hours to make the journey. The first herd arrived on Sunday and the second herd, a day later. They all hung around for about two days before making their way back into the bush. Elephants have long been known to mourn their dead. In India (where) baby elephants often are raised with a boy who will be their lifelong ‘mahout.’"
The website quotes Rabbi Leila Gal Berner as saying, "A good man died suddenly, and from miles and miles away, two herds of elephants, sensing that they had lost a beloved human friend, moved in a solemn, almost ‘funereal’ procession to make a call on the bereaved family at the deceased man’s home.
"If there ever were a time, when we can truly sense the wondrous ‘interconnectedness of all beings,’ it is when we reflect on the elephants of Thula Thula. A man’s heart’s stops, and hundreds of elephants’ hearts are grieving. This man’s oh-so-abundantly loving heart offered healing to these elephants, and now, they came to pay loving homage to their friend."
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