New Delhi: A herd of elephants taking out a ‘funeral procession’ for a dead calf is the best thing on the internet today. The video shared by a person has been going viral on social media platforms.
A video clip posted by Indian Forest Service officer Parveen Kaswan on Twitter a few days ago shows an elephant emerging from a wooded area onto a road, carrying the body of a dead calf. Another elephant, smaller in size, comes up from behind and takes up its position a couple of feet in front. That is when the rest of the herd emerges — bulls, cows and calves — and cluster around the body with their massive ears solemnly fanning the wind. Then, after spending what seems like a minute in silent prayer, the first elephant picks up the carcass again and leads the herd back into the forest.
This will move you !! Funeral procession of the weeping elephants carrying dead body of the child elephant. The family just don’t want to leave the baby. pic.twitter.com/KO4s4wCpl0
— Parveen Kaswan, IFS (@ParveenKaswan) June 7, 2019
“This will move you!! Funeral procession of weeping elephants carrying the dead body of a child elephant. The family just doesn’t want to leave the baby,” the caption of the video read.
While the exact location of the funeral procession was not immediately known, the video generated a lot of interest on the Internet. “This is heartrending. There is a lot that humans can learn from animals,” one of them said.
Another cited the video to say that such footage is important to remind people how “truly remarkable” the animal kingdom is.
There are theories which talk about ancient elephant cemeteries in forest. Many people have written about it, including strecy. But I have not found any conclusive evidence. Though in most cases elephants prefer to die near water bodies. https://t.co/C2BoTsF6Q1
— Parveen Kaswan, IFS (@ParveenKaswan) June 9, 2019