Aside from humans, there are very few animals that seem to grieve in a humanesque way. Researchers have observed elephants examining the bones of other elephants with their trunks.
Elephants are some of the most emotionally intelligent animals on the planet. Some argue they might even be comparable humans.
Highly social creatures, elephants live in communities with hierarchies, families and self-awareness.
They can use tools, mimic sounds, solve problems and even play to amuse themselves and others.
Elephants have long been regarded for their ability, along with dolphins and chimpanzees, among others, to express emotion, even empathy.
Elephants do grieve, and they are one of the few animals who are similar to humans in mourning patterns.
Believe it or not, elephants cry and they bury their dead and pay tribute to the bodies and to the bones.
Scientists have observed that elephants feel empathy: they toss dust upon the wounds of fellow elephants.
But their response to death remains a mystery and they also participate in funeral rituals.
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