Elephants don’t want to say ‘goodbye’

Ten endangered pygmy elephants have been found dead in a reserve in Malaysia. They all suffered internal bleeding. The elephants were most likely poisoned.
A three-month-old baby elephant is trying to wake her mother. She does not like to say goodbye.


I do not know, whether any animals weep and shed tears like humans for emotional reasons. I know they mourn the death of their loved ones. Elephants do it. I do not really know what they exactly feel. I wish I knew.

The mother elephant does not accept her new-born baby’s death. She is trying to wake her up.

Elephants mourn the death of other elephants.

Elephants stop when they see a dead elephant. They are grieving. Now a days humans do not have time to stop for a human.

We created a word: ‘humane’. The word is closely related to human. Humane is about having or showing compassion or benevolence. Why don’t we create a word like humane related to elephants because elephants have compassion and they show it! Sometimes I feel that they have more compassion than us. What about ‘elephantane’?


  1. says

    I heard a story about a poacher who’d been severely injured, and an elephant found him, gave him food and brought him water and kept him alive until medics were able to find him.

    Elephants won’t only mourn their dead, but if they return to the place where their friend / family member died, they’ll pause and reflect for a few moments.

  2. Nepenthe says

    The missionaries who come visit me tell me that they know that humans are created by a god (their god, obviously) because we’re the only animals that feel emotions.

    I tell them about elephants. They didn’t believe me.

    I’ll show them these videos when they come back.

  3. S Mukh says

    I cried when I saw the picture of the baby elephant trying to wake up the mother. The poor little thing — its mother is everything to it, and now she is gone.

  4. Agni_B says

    I have seen tears in Cows big beautiful, innocent eyes- She was chained and was ready for Muslim sacrifice. She must have guessed , Animal have sixth senses.

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