In a heartbreaking incident, a herd of elephants was seen carrying a funeral procession of a baby elephant as they wept and mourned the death of their loved one. The video of the incident was shared by a Twitter user Parveen Kaswan, who is also an IFS (Indian Forest Services) officer.
In the video, which was shared widely, an elephant can be seen carrying the calf with its trunk and placing it in the middle of the road, and in what seemed like a funeral procession other elephants of the herd soon joined the adult elephant in grieving.
Kaswan captioned the video, “This will move you !! Funeral procession of the weeping elephants carrying the dead body of the child elephant. The family just don’t want to leave the baby.”
The video has been viewed over 223,000 times and retweeted more than 7,200 times. The elephant later carried the baby elephant off into the woods as passersby watched.
Watch the video below:
This will move you !! Funeral procession of the weeping elephants carrying dead body of the child elephant. The family just don’t want to leave the baby. pic.twitter.com/KO4s4wCpl0
— Parveen Kaswan, IFS (@ParveenKaswan) June 7, 2019
Elephants are highly intelligent, social, and emotional mammals who are known to grieve for their dead. They engage in specific mourning rituals, often for days at a time. These behaviors include quiet “contemplation” periods.
The profound sadness that elephants feel for their lost loved ones reminds us just how meaningful their lives are, and that we must avoid harming these amazing creatures at all costs.
Many commented on the video about how heartbreaking it was.
“This is heart-rending. There’s a lot that humans can learn from animals,” Twitter user Devika commented.
A person with the handle @vaibhav55444 added, “These animals are more sensitive than us, humans! We have need to learn from them.”
Many agreed with this sentiment and tweeted their appreciation for what they saw as sensitivity in the animals.