Heartbreaking footage shows a herd of mou.rning elephants refusing to aban.don their de.ad friend’s body.
The elephant had to be put down by park rangers after breaking his leg at the Chobe National Park in Botswana.
A touching video shows his friends watching over his body, with one elephant stroking him with his trunk.
Spotted hyenas and jackals had opened up the car.cass at the national park before a pack of lions descended onto the body.
The herd of elephants later found the remains and refused to leave the body.
The animals can also be seen flapping their ears in the footage posted by Tracking The Wild in an attempt to cool down in the heat.
Researchers have found that elephants, like humans, gri.eve for the de.ad by frequently visiting their gra.ves, ‘kissing’ their bodies with their trunks, and rocking to and fro with gri.ef.
While humans usually reserve their gr.ief for friends and family, elephants mou.rn over the d.eath of the loosest acquaintance.
Watch the video below: