We as a specie have rituals when death occurs.. Different cultures have different rituals depending on where and when they are located..
burial,Viking funeral, and those are just a few that has occurred through out the
cultural belief system we as a specie had.. There are two more species with a ritual like funeral, one of those is a
magpie and ill quote Dr. Bekoff of the University of Colorado;
“One approached the corpse, gently pecked at it, just as an elephant would nose the carcass of another elephant, and stepped back. Another magpie
did the same thing. Next, one of the magpies flew off, brought back some grass and laid it by the corpse. Another magpie did the same. Then all four
stood vigil for a few seconds and one by one flew off. We can’t know what they were actually thinking or feeling, but reading their action there’s
no reason not to believe these birds were saying a magpie farewell to their friend,”
The other is like Dr. Bekoff mentions;" The elephant."
Historian, journalist and biographer Martin Meredith had this story to tell:
”The entire family of a dead matriarch, including her young calf, were all gently touching her body with their trunks, trying to lift her. The
elephant herd were all rumbling loudly. The calf was observed to be weeping and made sounds that sounded like a scream, but then the entire herd fell
incredibly silent. They then began to throw leaves and dirt over the body and broke off tree branches to cover her. They spent the next two days
quietly standing over her body. They sometimes had to leave to get water or food, but they would always return.” Elephants are such compassionate animals that they’ll even grieve for and bury their number one killers…humans
A news report in Kenya told of an elephant that trampled a human mother and her child and then stopped to bury them before disappearing in the
Elephants are one of the only species of mammals other than Homo sapiens sapiens known to have or have a ritual around death. They show a keen
interest in the bones of their own kind. They are often seen gently investigating the bones with their trunks and feet while remaining very quiet.
Sometimes elephants that are completely unrelated to the deceased still visit their graves.
George Adamson recalls when he shot a bull elephant from a herd that kept breaking into the government gardens of Northern Kenya. George gave the
elephant's meat to local Turkana tribesmen and then dragged the rest of the carcass half a 800m away. That night, the other elephants found the body
and took the shoulder blade and leg bone and returned the bones to the exact spot the elephant was killed.
The Death of Eleanor
On the 10th of October 2003, the Save the Elephants research team in Samburu were informed by the rangers that an elephant was unwell near the Wire
Bridge area and that it had fallen. The team rushed over to the area, to find that the female was still standing but had apparently broken her tusk
during previous falls and her right ear seemed damaged. Her trunk was motionless and she dragged it across the ground as she moved forward in small
The female was identified as Eleanor, matriarch of the First Ladies family. Eleanor moved towards the main road, where she fell on a gentle slope.
Another matriarch of the Virtues family named Grace, attempted to lift her a number of times, but unfortunately caused more damage as her pushing
resulted in a number of tusk wounds and Eleanor fell heavily each time as she was thrown forward.
Grace was incredibly agitated and stressed, and she started streaming. She showed a lot of concern towards Eleanor, indicating how elephants stick
together in times of problematic situations, especially the matriarchs of different families. Grace eventually left after a while and the following
afternoon Eleanor died.
During the day, a number of families visited her. Some tried to lift her whilst others smelt her as if to confirm she was dead.
More elephants visited her, including her family. Her young calf tried to suckle from her and in a confused state, moved between all the female
members trying to suckle from all of them.
Eleanor’s family stayed in the area and continued to visit her carcass often. Her calf was ‘adopted’ by Mary, and Martha has since become the
matriarch of the First Ladies family.
Chimpanzees, on the other hand, maintain their routines and only stops interacting with the corpse when it has decomposed so much that it is no longer
Recent Studies suggest that giraffes and western scrub jays may mourn as well, each with their own customs.
I stand in wonder of animals. We have chickens and when you pause fora moment and consider the perfection that needs to take place for a "simple"
chicken to live, it is astounding. And we kill and eat them by the millions every week.
I look forward to the day when we can safely "print" meat and no longer have to kill our animal friends. Pigs are darn smart, and we kill them by the
millions too, this isn't blame, I eat meat too.
The small mag pies are definitely upset just like the elephants were. Animals are given dunce hats so it is easier to eat them (the ones we do eat).
You ever wondered why we have, appendix it breaks down cellulose; Im sure meat was part of our " ancient diet " and not our " new diet ".
Thats why we have to cook everything cause we can eat it raw? Botulism is a great thing!
a reply to: intrptr
Crows are considered to be among the most intelligent inhabitants of Earth and exhibit some "Human-like" behaviors as you mention. Crows have been
studied extensively by students at the University of Washington, and here is a brief video that talks a bit about the work being done there.
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Or you could make it easier and check our biology, or If you think that our biology is a belief system then I am speechless and do "believe" that I
would lose that debate due to " perimeter of ignorance "
Back in June my stepdad died and I inherited his dog. His dog didn't really understand what was going on, and she's not a dog with a good grasp of
English (she spent most of her time alone, so was never used to people talking to her). From her perspective her owner just vanished one day and
never came back.
Around here, dogs aren't allowed in cemeteries, but I eventually found a chance to sneak her in and take her to her former owners grave. Despite
having never been in a cemetery before, or me explaining what was going on, she figured it out. I'm pretty sure dogs can smell the bodies through the
ground, and she recognized her owner.
As far as I'm aware, that was her first experience with death and she figured out both death and burial pretty quickly.
Animals are smart, and burial definitely seems to be something that's not unique to humans.
Animals coming to humans for help is an entirely different topic... recent studies have shown that mice (and other rodents like rats), experience
"sympathetic" pain when one of their kind is experiencing distress, both physical and psychological. Some researchers believe that these experiences
are transmitted via pheromones (scent), but at least one individual (not sure of their qualifications) believes that this is evidence of TELEPATHY! I
have often wondered why animals sometimes go to humans for help... perhaps they can sense if a person is "good" or "helpful". I have experienced
several very odd incidents of sick or injured animals coming to me (apparently) for help when they could just have easily gone to the person next
Back to crows... it is pretty clear that crows (and ravens) become agitated/distressed when they encounter one of their own that is dead or in the
process of dying. A youtube search of "crow funeral" will present quite a few cases that seem to depict these gatherings. Whether or not this is
just their way of trying to say goodbye or an evolutionary trait that helps them stay alive by ascertaining what might have harmed one of their own is
most likely open to conjecture (see my link at the bottom of this post).
Either way, I am fascinated by all animals. I'm not so much into humans... they tend to scare me.
When i look at your posts, i see a lot of references to a higher state of consciousness, but then no statements on what you think, no cross
references, no critical thinking.. I would like to see a post by you on a topic.. with your own conclusion..
What does your gut feeling tell you? I would love to hear, you..
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