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03

Oct

Photo of the day: Elephant mourns dead friend
Photographer John D. Chaney snapped this incredible photograph of an elephant guarding the body of her friend in Botswana in 2007. "We came across this elephant whose corpse was overcome by vultures and jackals," he writes. "From a distance we heard and then saw another elephant approaching at a fast pace. She was successful at chasing away the predators and then very slowly and with much empathy wrapped her trunk around the deceased elephant’s tusk. She stayed in this position for several hours guarding her friend."

Photo of the day: Elephant mourns dead friend

Photographer John D. Chaney snapped this incredible photograph of an elephant guarding the body of her friend in Botswana in 2007.
 
"We came across this elephant whose corpse was overcome by vultures and jackals," he writes. "From a distance we heard and then saw another elephant approaching at a fast pace. She was successful at chasing away the predators and then very slowly and with much empathy wrapped her trunk around the deceased elephant’s tusk. She stayed in this position for several hours guarding her friend."

09

Aug

World’s most expensive coffee beans plucked from elephant excrementThe quest for the most exclusive cup of coffee on the planet leads to one of the most animalistic of behaviors: Scavenging from feces.

World’s most expensive coffee beans plucked from elephant excrement
The quest for the most exclusive cup of coffee on the planet leads to one of the most animalistic of behaviors: Scavenging from feces.

02

Nov

An elephant that speaks Korean?The elephant ‘invented a whole new way of making sounds’ so as to communicate with its human companions.

An elephant that speaks Korean?
The elephant ‘invented a whole new way of making sounds’ so as to communicate with its human companions.

27

Sep

When baby elephant Themba’s mother died, the veterinary team at Shamwari Game Reserve hoped another elephant would adopt the orphan, but none would allow him to suckle. The team took the baby elephant in, giving him constant care and attention, but Themba was too distressed to eat. Fearing he would starve to death, the team introduced him to Albert, a sheep from a nearby farm, hoping he could provide companionship. Although there was some initial tension, the two quickly became inseparable — and Themba finally started eating.16 unlikely animal friendships

When baby elephant Themba’s mother died, the veterinary team at Shamwari Game Reserve hoped another elephant would adopt the orphan, but none would allow him to suckle. The team took the baby elephant in, giving him constant care and attention, but Themba was too distressed to eat. Fearing he would starve to death, the team introduced him to Albert, a sheep from a nearby farm, hoping he could provide companionship. Although there was some initial tension, the two quickly became inseparable — and Themba finally started eating.
16 unlikely animal friendships

19

Jun

Surgery prepares elephant for possible contact lensesThe 38-year-old African elephant at North Carolina Zoo has undergone two surgeries for cataracts.

Surgery prepares elephant for possible contact lenses
The 38-year-old African elephant at North Carolina Zoo has undergone two surgeries for cataracts.

16

May

Rare elephant found dead in IndonesiaA critically-endangered Sumatran elephant has been found dead in Indonesia, the second death from suspected poisoning within a month.

Rare elephant found dead in Indonesia
A critically-endangered Sumatran elephant has been found dead in Indonesia, the second death from suspected poisoning within a month.

04

May

Elephant makes musical debut with harmonica, hornsShanthi the pachyderm musical prodigy performs impromptu concerts at the Smithsonian National Zoo. Watch a video of this gifted elephant and listen to her musical talents.

Elephant makes musical debut with harmonica, horns
Shanthi the pachyderm musical prodigy performs impromptu concerts at the Smithsonian National Zoo. Watch a video of this gifted elephant and listen to her musical talents.

11

May

Group claims elephant in Witherspoon film was abusedTai, the elephant in the drama ‘Water for Elephants,’ was abused by its trainers, according to Animal Defenders International, which is urging a boycott of the movie.

Group claims elephant in Witherspoon film was abused
Tai, the elephant in the drama ‘Water for Elephants,’ was abused by its trainers, according to Animal Defenders International, which is urging a boycott of the movie.

06

Apr

20,000 customers leave GoDaddy.com in response to elephant shootingRival Namecheap.com donates $20,000 to Save the Elephants as customers switch.

20,000 customers leave GoDaddy.com in response to elephant shooting
Rival Namecheap.com donates $20,000 to Save the Elephants as customers switch.

04

Apr

Are you less likely to use GoDaddy.com now?

Bob Parsons, CEO of GoDaddy.com, traveled to Zimbabwe for his second annual hunt of what he calls “problem elephants.”Parsons and his team — most wearing GoDaddy baseball caps — tracked and killed an elephant, before posting a video of the event. Parsons poses with the dead elephant, and villagers arrive in droves to carve the carcass for meat.

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