Heartbreaking Story: Grieving Orca Has Carried Her Dead Calf For 17 Days – Here’s How 5 Other Animals Mourn Their Dead

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Heartbreaking pictures of orca whale carrying her dead calf for more than two weeks went viral and now the researchers said hey mourning is over.

Nexter.org found out that not only whales griefing their dead ‘relatives’ and members of a band. Keep on reading to know more. 

Orcas

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An orca mourning her dead calf caught the attention of the world last month after she started carrying its body on her nose.

After swimming with the baby’s body for more than 1,000 miles and 17 days, the mother orca, known as J35 or Tahlequah, has finally dropped the decomposing body into the water, the Center for Whale Research said in a statement Saturday.

In some much-needed good news, Tahlequah was reported to be in good health and was seen this weekend chasing a school of salmon with her podmates.

“Her tour of grief is now over and her behavior is remarkably frisky,” the Center for Whale Research said.

The calf died shortly after being born on July 24. At the time, the Center for Whale Research described seeing the baby’s carcass “sinking and being repeatedly retrieved by the mother who was supporting it on her forehead and pushing it in choppy seas.”

Gorillas

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Gorilla mum Gana at Münster Zoo couldn’t accept her baby Claudio’s death. For days, she carried his dead body around and defended it against the zookeepers. This isn’t unusual for great ape mothers who lose offspring, researchers say. Some moms won’t even let go their baby’s dead – and in the meantime, mummified – body for weeks.

Elephants

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Elephants are famous for their excellent memory – no wonder they mourn especially long and intensively for their dead. A group of elephants congegrate around a dead elephants body in a kind of wake. Even elephants from other groups come to say goodbye to the deceased. Elephants have also been seen visiting the bones of other dead elephants, and touching the skeletons with their trunks.

Giraffes

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Zoologists have recorded three instances of giraffes, the world’s tallest animal, mourning their dead.

In 2010 in Kenya’s Soysambu Conservancy, a female giraffe was observed spending four days beside the body of her one-month-old calf. Seventeen other female giraffes also surrounded the body over the four days.

In 2011, a female giraffe in Zambia spent two hours beside a stillborn calf. She splayed her legs to bend down — something giraffes rarely do, except to eat or drink — and licked the calf for several hours. This behavior was repeated for the entire two hours — all the more notable, as giraffes rarely spend time alone.

Also in 2011, a herd of giraffes in Namibia was observed investigating the corpse of a young female giraffe that had died three weeks before. Some of the male giraffes splayed their legs and sniffed the ground.

Baboons

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Baboons show strong signs of stress when a close companion dies. The concentration of stress hormones in their blood rises, researchers have shown. To cope with the loss, baboons tend to seek out their friends. They dedicate themselves to grooming, which helps to lower their stress hormones.

Crows

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When a crow dies, other crows summon members of their species, and together they gather around the carcass. They’ll also typically stop eating for some time after a death. The effects of grief are especially evident in birds that spend their entire life with one partner – like geese or songbirds. Effects sometimes extend to the remaining partner stopping eating and eventually dying itself.


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Hearbreaking Story: Grieving Orca Has Carried Her Dead Calf For 17 Days - Here's How 5 Other Animals Mourn Their Dead
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Hearbreaking Story: Grieving Orca Has Carried Her Dead Calf For 17 Days - Here's How 5 Other Animals Mourn Their Dead
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Heartbreaking pictures of orca whale carrying her dead calf for more than two weeks went viral and now the researchers said hey mourning is over. Nexter.org found out that not only whales griefing their dead 'relatives' and members of a band. Keep on reading to know more. 
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