On 7th March 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 (20 kms) to reach 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 had 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….
There is something in the universe that is greater and deeper than human intelligence.