How about this for a tribute?
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 U.S. 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 good-bye to their beloved man-friend.
A total of 20 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 Lawrences 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.
Lawrences wife, Francoise, was especially touched, knowing that the
elephants had not been to his house prior to that day for well over a year!
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.
Then one morning, they left, making their long journey back home.