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Psychic Abilities of Elephants

Updated on April 2, 2013

by Christine B.

Lawrence Anthony was a legendary animal lover and protector. He worked mostly in South Africa and wrote many books about elephants. What Lawrence was best known for was his rescue and rehabilitation of wildlife and elephants from all over the world, but mostly in the Thula Thula Game Reserve of South Africa.

Lawrence passed away on March 7, 2012. On March 9th wild elephants began showing up at Lawrence’s home in the Thula Thula Game Reserve. His wife reported that the elephants that appeared were led by two large matriarchs and were accompanied by their families. More herds of elephants also emerged from the wild, often led by large matriarchs with members of their families following in a line as if they were in a funeral procession. Eventually thirty-one elephants came to pay homage to Lawrence after his death, some walking from as far as 12 miles away to get there.

Lawrence’s wife recognized some of the elephants as those who her late husband had interacted with during his lifetime in South Africa. It is a mystery as to how they knew Lawrence had passed. Lawrence’s death was sudden and wasn’t due to a long illness. Another thing that surprised Lawrence’s family was that the elephants had not been to their property for three years prior to Lawrence’s death. This was NOT a random act…it was obvious that somehow the elephants knew their beloved friend and protector had passed.

Another thing that was amazing was that the elephants stayed near the Anthony home for two days without eating or drinking as another way of paying homage and mourning the passing of their human friend. After staying at the home for two days and two nights, the elephants left and dispersed throughout the game reserve.

Elephants are notorious for having an exceptional memory, but this showed that they also have extrasensory perception gifts, as well. Elephants have been known to visit the places where their family members have died and have shown signs of mourning over the loss of members of their herds. This is the first reported incident where they have mourned a beloved human friend who they considered a member of their family, especially when they were miles away from that person when he died. This is one of the many reasons why I am so enamored of these wonderful animals.


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      Christine B. 

      5 years ago from Medina, Ohio

      I hadn't either until I found an article about it ... it really is amazing. Elephants are such wonderful animals--so close to each other for life. Thanks for taking the time to comment, wildlife . . .

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      Mohammad Mottakin 

      5 years ago from Dhaka Bangladesh

      I never heard about these abilities of elephants before. I became astonished to get the information. I give thank to the writer Christine B for writing Psychic abilities of elephants

    • Christine B. profile imageAUTHOR

      Christine B. 

      5 years ago from Medina, Ohio

      Thanks, again, Eiddwen... you're becoming one of my biggest fans! :)

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      5 years ago from Wales

      I love anything to do with animals/nature etc and this one was a treat. Voted up.



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