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Do elephants "bury" their dead?

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  • #46
    Originally posted by Hypatia_Alexandria View Post

    Obviously we cannot know if mourning as humans understand it takes place, but it seems not entirely improbable that other social and highly intelligent mammals such as elephants and orcas do have some concept of death.
    The concept that elephants grieve is not a new one and has been observed.

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    • #47
      Originally posted by Juvenal View Post

      Like the c- word, it's usage in British English differs from its usage across the pond. Conversely, there's nothing more amusing than listening to an American talk about a fanny pack in London.
      Or run across a woman who is named Fanny (not so common these days).

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      • #48
        Originally posted by rogue06 View Post
        Or run across a woman who is named Fanny (not so common these days).
        Ignoring my own request I will have to reply to this

        As the late and very witty Michael Green noted in The Art of Coarse Acting, an amateur production that contained the lines

        Has the doctor seen her, Fanny?

        Yes and he has said there is no hope at al
        l

        Brought the house down.
        "It ain't necessarily so
        The things that you're liable
        To read in the Bible
        It ain't necessarily so
        ."

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        • #49
          Originally posted by Stoic View Post

          The five elephant calves were all found partially buried, with only the legs showing.

          The most surprising finding of this study is the positioning of elephant carcasses during burial. In all five cases, the legs were upright, and the head, trunk, and dorsal parts were fully buried. Due to the limited depth of the irrigation drains in TEs, the legs of the dead calves were visible above ground level (Image 1-5). We observed footsteps of herd members on both sides of the trench and over the soil covering the body, indicating a combined effort in burying the carcasses.


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          Caught on trail cam:

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