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300 elephants gather to pay last respects to their leader and caress his corpse

This is a heartbreaking moment when a herd of elephants gathers to pay their final respect to their de.ceased leader.

Footage shows the animals surrounding the de.ad fish on the shores of a lake near Anuradhapura, near the Kalawewa sanctuary in Sri Lanka.

Several elephants used their trunks to caress a fallen elephant that an opponent ki.lled.

Heartbreaking footage shows the moment a herd of elephants paid its last respects to its de.ad leader
The video shows the animals gathering around the carcass on the banks of a lake near Anuradhapura, close to the Kalawewa reserve in Sri Lanka

The fantastic scene proved a draw to the locals flocking to the scene to take photos and videos.

A clip of the incident shows about ten elephants surrounding their de.ad leader. But some reports claim that as many as 300 gathered nearby.

Researchers have found that elephants, like humans, grieve the de.ad by regularly visiting their graves, ‘kissing’ their bodies with their trunks, and swaying back and forth in pain.

Some of the elephants use their trunks to caress the fallen giant, which had been ki.lled by a rival
Researchers have found that elephants, like humans, grieve for the de.ad by frequently visiting their graves, ‘kissing’ their bodies with their trunks and rocking to and fro with grief

But while humans often mourn their friends and family, elephants mourn their best acquaintances’ de.ath, a study by Oxford University found in 2006.

Research shows that these organisms also show compassion for sick and dying people, making them healthy again.

Wild Elephants with relaxing music

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