Working and living with rescued elephants, we at Camp Jabulani were touched by this story. And yes, it’s true, elephants do weep…
Lawrence Anthony, a legend in South Africa and author of three 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 the US invasion in 2003. On March 7, 2012, Lawrence Anthony died. He is remembered and missed by his wife, two sons, two grandsons and numerous elephants.
Two days after his passing, a remarkable thing happened. The wild elephants showed up at his home in South Africa, led by two large matriarchs. Separate wild herds – a total of 20 elephants – arrived to say ‘goodbye’ to their beloved man-friend.
Witnessing this spectacle, many people were in awe of how the elephants had ‘sensed’ Lawrence’s passing, and the solemn way in which they made their way from their habitat to his house.
Lawrence’s wife, Francoise, was especially touched, since the elephants had not been to his home prior to that day for over a year. The elephants stayed for two days and two nights, before leaving to journey back home.
Rest in peace, Lawrence Anthony.