Soren Dreier ~ Wild Elephants Gather to Mourn Death of “Elephant Whisperer” (Thanks, Caro)

Zen Haven | May 14 2012

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.”

For two days the herds loitered at Anthony’s rural compound on the vast Thula Thula game reserve in the South African KwaZulu – to say good-bye to the man they loved. But how did they know he had died March 7?

Known for his unique ability to calm traumatized elephants, Anthony had become a legend. He is the author of three books, Baghdad Ark, detailing his efforts to rescue the animals at Baghdad Zoo during the Iraqi war, the forthcoming The Last Rhinos, and his bestselling The Elephant Whisperer.

There are two elephant herds at Thula Thula. According to his son Dylan, both arrived at the Anthony family compound shortly after Anthony’s death.

“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,” Dylan is quoted in various local news accounts. “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, baby elephants often are raised with a boy who will be their lifelong “mahout.” The pair develop legendary bonds – and it is not uncommon for one to waste away without a will to live after the death of the other.

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9 thoughts on “Soren Dreier ~ Wild Elephants Gather to Mourn Death of “Elephant Whisperer” (Thanks, Caro)

  1. James Lawrence

    A beautiful story. I once wrote a chapter in my book Celebration of the Land about the famous photographer Jim Brandenberg, who gained the trust of a pack of white wolves on Ellesmere Island north of the Arctic Circle.
    After three years of frequent visits, including them allowing him to photograph new pups in their den, which could easily have cost him his life if they’d changed their minds, he packed up his gear and headed across the tundra several miles to meet the light plane that was coming to pick him up.
    At the airport, he loaded up, climbed aboard, and looked out on the land he had spent so much loving time in. As the airplane revved up and rolled down the snowy runway for takeoff, he saw a group of animals sitting calmly at the side of the airstrip.
    It was the wolf family. They had followed him the many miles, een the young pups, to say goodbye.
    A Japanese photographer I wrote about for Outdoor Photographer magazine, Mitsuaki Iwago, described what he called Okite (Oh-key-tay). In the African veldt, the animals would go about their daily business, foraging, eating, migrating, when suddenly the photographer, who over a period of months became highly attuned to the land, would sense a tension in the air, and he knew that the lions were about to begin the hunt. All the animals knew it; they could feel it.
    Okite: the natural order of things.
    There is so much we don’t know, but can feel, if we open all our senses to all life.

    1. Gillian Post author

      Thanks for YOUR beautiful story, James. Animals are far more aware than we think. In fact right now they seem to be leading the way for humanity toward loving, inter-specie relationships. Blessings, ~G

  2. Raven

    I have close relationships with many animals and birds. I have noted recently, in the past year particularly, they seem to be making a quantum leap in their awareness. They are expressive and emotional in ways they never were before. This is very exciting and I hope they will making the leap to 5D with us.

    1. Nancy

      I am so happy I happened to land on this blog. I have asked several people who are pet owners if they have noticed an increase in their pet’s intelligence. I am glad to see from Raven’s post that others’ are aware of the shift in the animals as well.

      1. Gillian Post author

        Hi Nancy, thanks for visiting Shift Frequency and commenting. Animals are exhibiting new behaviors and indications of increased intelligence. I totally agree with your observation. Blessings, ~G

  3. Laura Bruno

    I keep seeing this story and it warms my heart. I love elephants, having one huge elephant spirit guide, as well as a close relationship with Ganesha. For the past few days I have been seeing elephants in the strangest, unexpected places. They are truly amazing beings! Thank you for sharing. :)

  4. Another Lightworker

    God bless our animal friends. May we someday care for our beautiful home planet in ways that are more befitting all of creation.

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