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Did you know that elephants bury and mourn their dead?
Bury may have been a bit strong. They don't actually dig a hole, lay the dead in it, and shovel dirt over them. But they do take shrubs and tree branches to cover the dead, so in a sense it's a burial. I've been trying to track down some footage for you, but to no avail. Many researchers studying the african elephants, however, have noted this behavior of covering their dead when the resources are available to do so. I first heard it from Richard Leakey at a speech he gave at my university. After he described the phenomenon that he had witnessed many times, he told a funny story about a man who was traveling back to camp from the wilderness late at night. Rather than try and navigate back to camp, he decided to stop and sleep under a tree. He awoke abruptly to find a small herd of elephants grabbing branches from the tree and laying them on top of him. The elephants apparently thought he was dead, and decided to hold a little ceremony for him