Touching Story: How Would The Elephants Know?

Lawrence Anthony

Elephants have been known to have unforgettable memory. So the saying goes “elephant memory”. But this is one touching story with a tremendous difference. It is definitely God‘s grand design that accounts for the event that unfolded. Is it animal’s instinct or God’s intervention?

The elephant’ journey from their habitat to pay respect to their rescuer & friend who passed away suddenly. How did they know? They observed the vigil & even fasted. Remember these are wild elephants.

Lawrence Anthony, a legend in South Africa and author of 3 books including the bestseller, “The Elephant Whisperer,” bravely rescued wildlife and rehabilitated elephants all over the globe from human atrocities, including the courageous rescue of Baghdad Zoo animals during US invasion in 2003.

On March 7, 2012, Lawrence Anthony died.

He is remembered and missed by his wife, 2 sons, 2 grandsons and numerous elephants. Two days after his passing, the wild elephants showed up at his home led by two large matriarchs. Separate wild herds arrived in droves to say goodbye to their beloved man-friend.

A total of 31 elephants had patiently walked over 12 miles to get to his South African house.

Elephant Herd

Witnessing this spectacle, humans were obviously in awe, not only because of the supreme intelligence and precise timing that these elephants sensed about Lawrence ‘S passing, but also because of the profound memory and emotion the beloved animals evoked in such an organized way.

Walking slowly – for days – making their way in a solemn one-by-one queue from their habitat to his house.

So, how after Anthony’s death, did the reserve’s elephants — grazing miles away, in distant parts of the park — know? “A good man died suddenly,” says Rabbi Leila Gal Berner, Ph.D., “and from miles and miles away, two herds of elephants, sensing that they had lost a beloved human friend, moved in a solemn, almost ‘funereal’ procession to make a call on the bereaved family at the deceased man’s home.”

If there ever was a time when we can truly sense the wondrous ‘interconnectedness of all beings, it is when we reflect on the elephants of Thula Thula.” A man’s heart stops, and hundreds of elephants’ hearts are grieving. This man’s oh-so-abundantly loving heart offered healing to these elephants, and now, they came to pay loving homage to their friend.”

Lawrence’s wife, Francoise, was especially touched, knowing that the elephants had not been to his house prior to that day for well over 3 years!  But yet they knew where they were going. The elephants obviously wanted to pay their deep respects, honoring their friend who’d saved their lives – so much respect that they stayed for 2 days and 2 nights without eating anything. Then one morning, they left, making their long journey back!

There are things in this world which we may never know & understand. Call it mystery if you like.

 

 

Brian O’Connor – A Most Delightful & Unusual Transperth Bus Driver

Kalamunda bus station
Kalamunda bus station (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Brian O’Connor

Meeting Brian is so sublime

Unlike meeting of any kind.

He’s great & kind, respectable & admirable

For all his senior passenger, he’s adorable

Transperth buses could do with more guys like him

Each day in service he fails not to sing!

Kalamunda Bus Station

It was such a beautiful sunny Spring day on Wednesday, 10 October 2012 that I couldn’t resist the temptation of being outdoor. So I decided to take the bus to meet up with a couple of buddies at Satay Mu Restaurant in Kardinya for lunch.

My hour bus ride to Perth City is usually boring & seemingly long. That day was different – different because of Brian. He was greeting almost all his senior passengers of Kalamunda, chatting & engaging with them. Conversation held . . . laughter felt. Smile gleamed . . . atmosphere brightening. Time just slipped you by when you have fun.

I learnt a few things about him. Coming from South Africa, he has worked & lived in Perth more years than he’s been in Africa. Of some Anglo-Saxon descent, he’s fluent & eloquent like a typical English gentleman. He plays golf in his leisure time & rightly to be living in the enchanted valley of Araluen. He loves to travel & does possess a world of knowledge as reflected in his engaging dialogue.

Araluen Golf Club.Aerial View 9 & 18 Hole
Be Mystified by the Enchanted Valley . . . Tranquility away from the Stress & Strain of City Life

He wasn’t driving that day as he was instructing & familiarising Persely in the finer points of their Eastern Bus Route. Persely is new to Perth, having arrived as a new migrant only 6 weeks ago from Britain.

Persely

You wonder what kind of a working day Brian would normally have. Here, if I may quote from the horse’s mouth:

My apologies for the late reply but this week has been a very testing one, both mentally and physically. I’ve been going to bed at 8.30 pm every night totally drained and exhausted.

The highlight of our week was getting to meet a very interesting person like yourself and a few of my regular senior passengers whom I enjoy chatting to. It’s days like this that I’ll cherish where a few giggles are shared and we as human beings are mindful and respectful of each other regardless of race , colour, creed or social standing.

I try to do my job as best as I can, even though some can be extremely challenging & dissatisfying, I wonder wether I’ve made the right choice in choosing this career path towards my retirement, but then you experience a senior citizen who is courteous and overwhelmed with gratitude after you’ve just set her down closer to home and this is easier on those 95 year old legs that have taken her on many journeys. It’s days like this that makes all the others seem trivial, even as recent as 24 hours ago.

So if that day was the first and last that we met Paul, I’m pleased and glad that we did. I shall continue to read your blog site and be inspired by your literature.”

Beautiful Perth, Western Australia
Araluen Golf Resort, Rolystone, Western Australia

IT’S NOT IMPORTANT WHAT WE DO IN LIFE

THE IMPORTANT THING IS THAT WE ARE DOING IT WELL!

Keep it up

You’re doing a great job!