A herd of elephants marched a whole 12 hours to the house of Lawrence Anthony, a man who sᴀᴠᴇᴅ them, after he had ᴅɪᴇd and stayed there, silent for two days.
Lawrence Anthony was a grᴇᴀᴛ man, he crᴇᴀᴛed the Thula Thula Game Reserve in Sᴏᴜᴛʜ Afʀɪᴄᴀ and opened its doors to wild elephants. In early 1990, he bought a 5000-acre of land in Sᴏᴜᴛʜ Afʀɪᴄᴀ and establisʜᴇᴅ a place called Thula Thula: Private Game Reserve and Safari Lodge.
Around this time, a Sᴏᴜᴛʜ Afʀɪᴄᴀn national park was ᴀᴛᴛᴀᴄᴋed by ʜᴜɴᴛers and eight elephants ran out.
The elephants were causing panic to the inhaʙɪᴛants of the neighboring villages. Therefore, Anthony decided that he would take them before the villagers do.
It was never his intention to keep elephants in Thula Thula but he knew if he refused, a herd of elephants would be ᴋɪʟʟᴇᴅ.
He focused on the matriarch, since elephant herds are always headed up by one, this was a good way to connect with the rest of the elephants.
He connected very well with one Matriarch called Nana, she and the herd grew very fond of Lawrence and his wife, they would even spend time in their house.
After years of grᴇᴀᴛ conservation work as well as building strong bonds with the local elephant herds and other animals, Lawrence, ᴜɴfᴏʀᴛᴜɴᴀᴛᴇly, ᴘᴀssᴇᴅ ᴀᴡᴀʏ.
Upon his ᴘᴀssɪɴɢ, Nana led two elephant herds on a 12-hour journey to Lawrence’s house to pay their respects. They ʀᴇᴍᴀɪɴed outside of the house for two full days as they stood vigil before returning to their lives.
What’s even more amazing is that nobody told the herds about his ᴅᴇᴀᴛʜ, they just knew.
But that wasn’t the end of it, as every year, on the 2nd of March, they make the same journey and pay their respects to their fᴀʟʟᴇɴ comrade.