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Thursday, November 8, 2012

The Final Journey


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 US invasion in 2003
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On March 7, 2012 Lawrence Anthony died.
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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 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, honoring 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...