Animals: They were here first
Elephants take a stand
When an elephant is sick, two others will stand, one on each side, and hold the sick one up until that elephant is well. The entire herd will slow down migration until that sick one can keep up. Elephants have a transcendent sense of community.
A few years ago, civil order among herds in Africa came down with a social sickness never before observed in elephants. The media carried several stories on teenage elephant gangs. Their atrocious behavior was similar to human gangs: pillaging, violent attacks, and destruction of environment.
The intelligence they displayed rivaled any strategy of human criminal behavior. For example, they went on rampages viciously attacking people. Their modus operandi resembled battle plans of successful warfare. They would shrewdly blockade escape routes in villages while other gang members pinned villagers down to rip them apart, limb by limb.
Animal behavior experts were perplexed, to say the least. It didn't take too long, though, for them to come up with a solution: send in the old generals - wise, mature male elephants.
It worked. The old grandfathers rounded up these out-of-control young thugs and put them through a course of proper elephant behavior. Soon, the raging rogues were restored back to the decent law-abiding citizens they were expected to be. Order returned. Peace stood strong once again among the herds.
What more can we learn from elephants? What other social values can we observe? Sadly, if we don’t stop the slaughter of these magnificent animals for our own personal greed, we may never know the further benefits of their collective wisdom.
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