In a video shared by Parveen Kaswan, a forest ranger in the Indian Foreign Service, on Twitter, it shows elephants having a funeral-like procession for a dead elephant baby.
Since it hit the internet, the video has gone viral, making people around the globe unite for this tragedy.
One can see the Indian elephants coming out of the forest with one of their trunks wrapped around a small, limp creature.
Witness the heartbreaking sight yourself:
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
Parveen described it saying, “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.”
Once the elephant reaches the other side, it waits for the herd to join him before proceeding forward.
As everyone gathered around the poor baby elephant, the biggest one of the herd scooped him up in his trunk.
Then the herd headed back into the forest.
Since it first hit the internet on Friday, the video has been 6,000 times, and has received over 13,000 likes.
A Twitter user said, “Omg!!! First time I hv [sic] seen such video.. Really very touching.”
At the same time, the other responded, “As if mother elephant had brought the carcass on the street, just to show to the humans.
I think it wanted to say something…”
Omg!!! First time I hv seen such video.. Really very touching.😟😢☹️
— Sumita Bhatt✌️🇮🇳😎 (@Sumita09445393) June 7, 2019
As if mother elephant had brought the carcass on the street, just to show to the humans.
I think it wanted to say something…
— govindswaroop (@govindswaroopd) June 7, 2019
Elephants mourning for their lost ones isn’t a new thing. In the past, elephants are known to circle and touch the remains of their dead as a sign of respect and love.
But witnessing it for ourselves is a completely different thing.
And even more heartbreaking.
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