Seeing a deceased elephant is enough to bring a tear to the eye of many animal lovers. However, there’s a related spectacle even more powerful than that: the reaction of its herd. That’s what onlookers witnessed at this gathering, as the animals joined together to pay their final respects.
The fallen elephant in question was the leader a herd just outside the Kalawewa National Park in Sri Lanka. The area, which is close to the city of Anuradhapura and bordered by forests, received National Park status in 2015, and for good reason.
The Kalawewa National Park is a stomping ground for herds of Asian elephants. Unlike their African counterparts, few female Sri Lankan elephants have tusks. Even a large portion of the male elephant population don’t have them, but the Kalawewa herds are different.