Elephants Have Funerals

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It's known that elephants are smart creatures, but they may be quite emotionally intelligent as well. Elephants are known to bury their own dead under foliage and often stay with the body in apparent mourning. There have even been instances of elephants burying and mourning dead humans.

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Key Facts In This Video

  1. Death seems to hold a strange fascination with elephants, who perhaps mourn their lost peers. 00:52

  2. See an elephant wave its foot to try to deduce the identity of a dead elephant: 01:04

  3. Some scientists suggest that elephants grieve. 01:39

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