elephants' understanding of death

Mon, 2009-08-24 01:12 by Mademoiselle Swann · Forum/category:

Hi all,

I am new here. And I have a bizarre and perhaps ridiculous question but I'm going to ask it anyway.

I have seen, in "Echo of the Elephants" and the sequel and other documentaries, that elephants have a sense of spirituality and an understanding of death. They visit the graves of loved ones and appear to be grieving as they handle the bones. Grieving or praying or meditating or remembering or something we don't have a word for.

Would it be too much of a stretch to wonder if elephants might have some vague inkling that death is the fate of all individual creatures, including themselves? Am I anthropomorphizing to an absurd or even obscene degree?

I am just wondering about wondering.

I am in an academic field in which Human Thought is God. I buck against this speciesism but it's futile.

Thanks!

Mademoiselle Swann

I think Echo's family has

Tue, 2009-10-13 09:06 by suji

I think Echo's family has shown us that so much of what we thought was human values is part of elephant values too. The answer I think is, we really don't know much about the thinking process of animals. They, especially the mammals, often seem to surprise us by showing us how similar we are. Who can forget Echo or Christian the Lion? I think animals know much more than what we give them credit for. If a human being loves a child, its nature, if an animal loves its calf or cub, its instinct - we are indeed hypocrites!! :)

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