Lawrence Anthony, a legend in South Africa and author of 3 books including the bestseller, "The Elephant Whisperer", bravely rescued wildlife and rehabilitated elephants all over the globe from human atrocities, including the courageous rescue of Baghdad Zoo animals during US invasion in 2003.
On March 7, 2012 Lawrence Anthony passed away. Two days after his passing, a number of wild elephants, led by two large matriarchs, showed up at his home. Separate wild herds arrived to say goodbye to their beloved friend. A total of 20 elephants had patiently walked over 12 miles to get to his South African home.
Witnessing this spectacle, humans were obviously in awe not only because of the supreme intelligence and precise timing that these elephants sensed about Lawrence's passing, but also because of the profound memory and emotion the beloved animals evoked in such an organized way. Walking slowly for days, they made their way in a solemn one-by-one queue from their habitat to his house.
Lawrence's wife, Francoise, was especially touched, knowing that the elephants had not been to his house for well over a year, but yet they knew where they were going. Apparently, the elephants wanted to pay their deep respects, honoring a friend who had saved their lives. They stayed for two days and two nights. Then they left, making their long journey back home.
Pay a friendly visit to someone you love, while you still can!