|Painting by Jonathan Truss|
Reading recently, with extreme disgust, about Trump's repeal of laws that prohibited trophy hunters from bringing their "prizes", the heads of elephants and other endangered animals, into the U.S., I remembered this wonderful story about the intelligence, and memory, of elephants.
Anthony died on March 7, 2012 in a hospital in Durban and his body was brought to his game reserve and home to be buried. Two days after his passing, a remarkable thing happened. The wild elephants he had come to know and rescue showed up at his home, led by two large matriarchs. According to a story widely circulated, shortly after his death two herds he rescued and worked with before releasing into the wild started moving to his house, which they had not visited in over a year. They had walked patiently for miles. The herds were visible in the background whilst the funeral took place. They later split again into two groups and moved to their separate parts of the reserve. Lawrence's wife, Francoise, was especially touched, believing the elephants wanted to pay their respects to a friend.
According to Truth or Fiction, a fact finding site similar to Snopes, this story of two herds of elephants reintroduced into the wild, and later travelling to the home of Anthony after his death is true.