Parveen Kaswan, a forest ranger in the Indian Foreign Service, posted a video of Indian elephants performing a human-like funeral service for a baby elephant.
This will move you !! Funeral procession of the weeping elephants carrying dead body of the child elephant. The family just don’t want to leave the baby. pic.twitter.com/KO4s4wCpl0
— Parveen Kaswan, IFS (@ParveenKaswan) June 7, 2019
Kawan’s video has gone viral as stunned social media users flocked to express their amazement and sympathy for the elephants.
The footage, posted on Twitter, shows an elephant emerge from some bushes holding the body of a dead baby elephant in its trunk.
The adult elephant laid its body down and guarded it as it waited for more elephants to join. Walking in a line like a funeral procession, more elephants arrived and surrounded the baby elephant.
The original elephant then lifted the baby once more, other elephants following behind.
The Twitter post garnered more than 5,000 re-tweets and over 12,000 likes on the platform.
Elephants have previously been observed grieving their dead, not unlike how humans have.
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