Dying Elephant Elicits ''Compassion''

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Day Two: Eleanor Dies

Eleanor died at about 11 a.m. on October 11, 2003. Shortly thereafter, Maui, a member of what researchers call the Hawaiian Islands family, hesitantly approached Eleanor's body. She extended her trunk, sniffed the body, and put her trunk into her own mouth to taste it.

Here, Maui is seen raising her foot over Eleanor's body. Then she stepped over it, pulling the body with her other foot and her trunk. Maui then stood over the body, rocking back and forth.

All told, Maui spent just under eight minutes with the body.

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