Elephants remember and mourn loved ones, even many years after their death. When an elephant walks past a place that a loved one died he or she will stop and take a silent pause that can last several minutes. While standing over the remains, the elephant may touch the bones of the dead elephant (not the bones of any other species), smelling them, turning them over and caressing the bones with their trunk.
did you know? Elephants do forget, but it takes years. An elephant can remember its mother’s scent, the call of close female family members, relationships with humans, and migratory routes to food and water resources for decades at a time. Source : http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/articles/war-elephants-facts/
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