National Geographic Photo Contest: Good Bye Old Friend

National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest 2012 - In Focus - The Atlantic

A beautiful range of photos, worth checking out…

Elephants are legendary for their memory and intelligence including attributes associated with grief, making music, altruism and compassion. We came across this elephant whose corpse was overcome by vultures and jackals. From a distance we heard and then saw another elephant approaching at a fast pace. She was successful at chasing away the predators and then very slowly and with much empathy wrapped her trunk around the deceased elephants tusk. She stayed in this position for several hours guarding her friend.

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