Elephant herds travel 12 hours to pay their respects to the person who saved them.

Lawrence Anthony, a conservationist, and writer, known as “The Elephant Whisperer,” died in March 2012. His family talked about a solemn parade of elephants that can’t be explained by humans. Elephants coming up to the Anthony house in a line Two groups of wild South African elephants moved slowly through the Zululand bush for 12 hours until they reached Lawrence Anthony’s home.

A few years ago, the elephants were considered pests and would be killed, but Lawrence saved and retrained them. They seemed to keep watch around the house for two days, and then they went their separate ways. Elephants coming up to Anthony house in a line. Dylan, Lawrence’s son, said, “They hadn’t been to the house in a year and a half, and the trip must have taken them about 12 hours.” “The first herd came on Sunday, and the second one came the next day. They all stayed there for about two days before heading back into the bush.”

A line of elephants approaching the Anthony house

But how did Lawrence’s elephants know he was dead? Rabbi Leila Gal Berner, Ph.D., says, “A good man died suddenly, and from miles and miles away, two herds of elephants, sensing that they had lost a dear human friend, moved in a solemn, almost “funeral” procession to visit the grieving family at the home of the deceased man.” “When we think about the elephants of Thula Thula, we can really feel how amazing it is that all living things are connected to each other. The heart of a man stops, and hundreds of elephants’ hearts are broken. This man’s heart was so full of love that it healed these elephants, and now they have come to honor their friend.”

A line of elephants approaching the Anthony house

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