[Vision2020] 31 Elephants Pay Their Respect South African Legend; They Knew the Way to his Home!

deb debismith at moscow.com
Tue Nov 19 17:22:36 PST 2013

Crying now---and I NEVER do that....beautiful,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
Debi R-S
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  From: Nicholas Gier 
  To: vision2020 
  Sent: Tuesday, November 19, 2013 2:07 PM
  Subject: [Vision2020] 31 Elephants Pay Their Respect South African Legend; They Knew the Way to his Home!

  Lawrence Anthony, 
  a legend in South Africa and author of 3 books including the bestseller, 
  The Elephant Whisperer. 
  He bravely rescued wildlife and rehabilitated elephants all over the globe 
  from human atrocities, including the courageous rescue of Baghdad Zoo 
  animals during US invasion in 2003.

  On March 7, 2012 Lawrence Anthony died.  
  He is remembered and missed by his wife, 2 sons, 2 grandsons, and 
  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 goodbye to their beloved 'man-friend.'

  A total of 31 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 Lawrence's 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.  Lawrence's wife, Francoise, was especially touched, 
  knowing that the elephants had not been to his house prior to that day for well over 3 years! 
  But yet they knew where they were going. The elephants obviously 
  wanted to pay their deep respects, honouring their friend 
  who'd saved their lives - so much respect that 
  they stayed for 2 days 2 nights without eating anything.  
  Then one morning, they left, making their long journey 
  back home. 



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