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It was an act of vengeance and anger that many would not only be moved by but would wholeheartedly forgive. A grieving elephant who watched her two-year-old calf electrocuted to death near Palamaner in Andhra Pradesh’s Chittoor district, returned a day later to slay the villain who killed her baby – a transformer pole.
The incident took place on Sunday morning on a stretch of the Koundinya Wildlife Sanctuary when the mother elephant was walking along with her calf when it brushed past the transformer. While the baby elephant died of electrocution, the distressed mother unsuccessfully attempted to pick up the carcass from the ground.
originally posted by: argentus
a reply to: butcherguy
Yes. There is some evidence that elephants cry as a grief emotional response.
Anyone who has bonded to an animal has seen the emotional side of that critter. We humans think we're so very evolved above everything else, but all the critters feel and hurt. They might not indulge in some of the self -destructive emotions of humans (guilt, shame, etc.), but they feel and show it.
As a kid, when our 24-year old mare laid down and died, the gelding who'd linked to her was inconsolable. He ran back and forth all day, crying out and at night laid down in the exact spot in which she'd died. This went on for weeks. He wouldn't eat or drink. He was never really the same after that, and two years later, he laid down and died, even though he was but 17 years old. His name was Spooks, and hers was Suzy. She dominated him all his life, never allowing him to walk ahead of her. She always took first dibs on food, but when they ran together, they ran like the wind.
Probably right. From the gelding's point-of-view, what's the difference? Love? Control? We shouldn't anthropomorphize the actions of other species, and nobody is more guilty of that than myself.
I'm not sure that is so much "emoution" going on with the gelding, but more like an S&M like relationship. When the master dies, what does the slave do? when can he eat if master hasn't eaten first? Where can he go if not lead by master?
originally posted by: DontTreadOnMe
a reply to: Drakon
Thanks, I'll check that out.
Those pictures you have must be amazing