A procession of Indian elephants can be seen carrying the lifeless body of a member of the herd, in scenes reminiscent of human mourning ceremonies.
While “scientists” warn against interpreting such displays as being motivated by “grief”, elephants are one of a number of species who have been observed to mourn their dead. Elephants have been known to take special interest in the bones of their deceased, according to the Smithsonian magazine, and have been seen holding “funerals”.
During these memorials, the animals have been known to repeatedly pass the deceased fellow herd member – even sometimes smelling and touching the dead body. Last year, images were circulated of a female killer whale carrying the body of her deceased calf on her back for more than two weeks through Canadian waters before releasing it.