Heartbroken elephants stand guard over their fallen friend's body

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These gentle giants prove that it's not just humans who mourn the passing of a dear friend.

An elephant herd at the Chobe National Park in Botswana carefully stood watch over their deceased comrade.

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Tracking the Wild reports that the poor animal had to be euthanized by park rangers after breaking its leg. Its remains had apparently been ravaged by scavengers -- but its herd refused to abandon it.

One of the elephants even tenderly touched the deceased animal's body with its trunk.

(Photo credit: Storyful)

This isn't the first time footage of grieving elephants has turned heads.

In 2016, footage of a blind elephant named Jokia grieving for her best friend of 17 years, Mae Perm, went viral.

"She stood over her for almost six hours, touching and nudging and leaning against the lifeless body of Mae Perm," Thailand's Elephant Nature Park wrote on Facebook.

It's clear from these incredible emotional gestures that these intelligent pachyderms love deeply.

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ANANTARA HOTEL, BANGKOK, THAILAND - 2016/03/10: Elephants enjoy their buffet before the polo match during the 2016 King's Cup Elephant Polo at Anantara Chaopraya Resort. The King's Cup Elephant Polo was introduced to Thailand in 2001 by Anantara Resort and has grown to become one of the biggest charitable events in Thailand which has raised over US$950,000 for the National Elephant population institute, which provides medical care, housing for the mahouts and families, shelters and more. (Photo by Guillaume Payen/LightRocket via Getty Images)
ANANTARA HOTEL, BANGKOK, THAILAND - 2016/03/10: Elephants enjoy their buffet before the polo match during the 2016 King's Cup Elephant Polo at Anantara Chaopraya Resort. The King's Cup Elephant Polo was introduced to Thailand in 2001 by Anantara Resort and has grown to become one of the biggest charitable events in Thailand which has raised over US$950,000 for the National Elephant population institute, which provides medical care, housing for the mahouts and families, shelters and more. (Photo by Guillaume Payen/LightRocket via Getty Images)
ANANTARA HOTEL, BANGKOK, THAILAND - 2016/03/10: Elephant polo team battle for the ball during a match at the 2016 King's Cup Elephant Polo at Anantara Chaopraya Resort. The King's Cup Elephant Polo was introduced to Thailand in 2001 by Anantara Resort and has grown to become one of the biggest charitable events in Thailand which has raised over US$950,000 for the National Elephant population institute, which provides medical care, housing for the mahouts and families, shelters and more. (Photo by Guillaume Payen/LightRocket via Getty Images)
ANANTARA HOTEL, BANGKOK, THAILAND - 2016/03/10: Elephant polo team battle for the ball during a match at the 2016 King's Cup Elephant Polo at Anantara Chaopraya Resort. The King's Cup Elephant Polo was introduced to Thailand in 2001 by Anantara Resort and has grown to become one of the biggest charitable events in Thailand which has raised over US$950,000 for the National Elephant population institute, which provides medical care, housing for the mahouts and families, shelters and more. (Photo by Guillaume Payen/LightRocket via Getty Images)
ANANTARA HOTEL, BANGKOK, THAILAND - 2016/03/10: Elephant polo team battle for the ball during a match at the 2016 King's Cup Elephant Polo at Anantara Chaopraya Resort. The King's Cup Elephant Polo was introduced to Thailand in 2001 by Anantara Resort and has grown to become one of the biggest charitable events in Thailand which has raised over US$950,000 for the National Elephant population institute, which provides medical care, housing for the mahouts and families, shelters and more. (Photo by Guillaume Payen/LightRocket via Getty Images)
ANANTARA HOTEL, BANGKOK, THAILAND - 2016/03/10: Elephant polo team battle for the ball during a match at the 2016 King's Cup Elephant Polo at Anantara Chaopraya Resort. The King's Cup Elephant Polo was introduced to Thailand in 2001 by Anantara Resort and has grown to become one of the biggest charitable events in Thailand which has raised over US$950,000 for the National Elephant population institute, which provides medical care, housing for the mahouts and families, shelters and more. (Photo by Guillaume Payen/LightRocket via Getty Images)
BANGKOK, THAILAND - MARCH 10: Polo player rides an elephant during the 2016 King's Cup Elephant Polo at Anantara Chaopraya Resort in Bangkok, Thailand on March 10, 2016. The King's Cup Elephant Polo was introduced to Thailand in 2001 by Anantara Resort and has grown to become one of the biggest charitable events in Thailand which has raised over US$950,000 for the National Elephant population institute, which provides medical care, housing for the mahouts and families, shelters and more. (Photo by Guillaume Payen/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
ANANTARA HOTEL, BANGKOK, THAILAND - 2016/03/10: Elephant polo team battle for the ball during a match at the 2016 King's Cup Elephant Polo at Anantara Chaopraya Resort. The King's Cup Elephant Polo was introduced to Thailand in 2001 by Anantara Resort and has grown to become one of the biggest charitable events in Thailand which has raised over US$950,000 for the National Elephant population institute, which provides medical care, housing for the mahouts and families, shelters and more. (Photo by Guillaume Payen/LightRocket via Getty Images)
ANANTARA HOTEL, BANGKOK, THAILAND - 2016/03/10: Elephants standing during the opening ceremony at the 2016 King's Cup Elephant Polo at Anantara Chaopraya Resort. The King's Cup Elephant Polo was introduced to Thailand in 2001 by Anantara Resort and has grown to become one of the biggest charitable events in Thailand which has raised over US$950,000 for the National Elephant population institute, which provides medical care, housing for the mahouts and families, shelters and more. (Photo by Guillaume Payen/LightRocket via Getty Images)
ANANTARA HOTEL, BANGKOK, THAILAND - 2016/03/10: Elephants standing during the opening ceremony at the 2016 King's Cup Elephant Polo at Anantara Chaopraya Resort. The King's Cup Elephant Polo was introduced to Thailand in 2001 by Anantara Resort and has grown to become one of the biggest charitable events in Thailand which has raised over US$950,000 for the National Elephant population institute, which provides medical care, housing for the mahouts and families, shelters and more. (Photo by Guillaume Payen/LightRocket via Getty Images)
ANANTARA HOTEL, BANGKOK, THAILAND - 2016/03/10: Elephants standing during the opening ceremony at the 2016 King's Cup Elephant Polo at Anantara Chaopraya Resort. The King's Cup Elephant Polo was introduced to Thailand in 2001 by Anantara Resort and has grown to become one of the biggest charitable events in Thailand which has raised over US$950,000 for the National Elephant population institute, which provides medical care, housing for the mahouts and families, shelters and more. (Photo by Guillaume Payen/LightRocket via Getty Images)
ANANTARA HOTEL, BANGKOK, THAILAND - 2016/03/10: Opening parade kick off as old style Thai traditional dancers open the ceremony followed by the elephants during the 2016 King's Cup Elephant Polo at Anantara Chaopraya Resort. The King's Cup Elephant Polo was introduced to Thailand in 2001 by Anantara Resort and has grown to become one of the biggest charitable events in Thailand which has raised over US$950,000 for the National Elephant population institute, which provides medical care, housing for the mahouts and families, shelters and more. (Photo by Guillaume Payen/LightRocket via Getty Images)
ANANTARA HOTEL, BANGKOK, THAILAND - 2016/03/10: Opening parade kick off as old style Thai traditional dancers open the ceremony followed by the elephants during the 2016 King's Cup Elephant Polo at Anantara Chaopraya Resort. The King's Cup Elephant Polo was introduced to Thailand in 2001 by Anantara Resort and has grown to become one of the biggest charitable events in Thailand which has raised over US$950,000 for the National Elephant population institute, which provides medical care, housing for the mahouts and families, shelters and more. (Photo by Guillaume Payen/LightRocket via Getty Images)
ANANTARA HOTEL, BANGKOK, THAILAND - 2016/03/10: Elephant enjoy a break before starting the polo match during the 2016 King's Cup Elephant Polo at Anantara Chaopraya Resort. The King's Cup Elephant Polo was introduced to Thailand in 2001 by Anantara Resort and has grown to become one of the biggest charitable events in Thailand which has raised over US$950,000 for the National Elephant population institute, which provides medical care, housing for the mahouts and families, shelters and more. (Photo by Guillaume Payen/LightRocket via Getty Images)
ANANTARA HOTEL, BANGKOK, THAILAND - 2016/03/10: A mahout write a serial number on his elephant at the 2016 King's Cup Elephant Polo at Anantara Chaopraya Resort. The King's Cup Elephant Polo was introduced to Thailand in 2001 by Anantara Resort and has grown to become one of the biggest charitable events in Thailand which has raised over US$950,000 for the National Elephant population institute, which provides medical care, housing for the mahouts and families, shelters and more. (Photo by Guillaume Payen/LightRocket via Getty Images)
BANGKOK, THAILAND - MARCH 10: Elephants enjoy their buffet before the polo match during the 2016 King's Cup Elephant Polo at Anantara Chaopraya Resort in Bangkok, Thailand on March 10, 2016. The King's Cup Elephant Polo was introduced to Thailand in 2001 by Anantara Resort and has grown to become one of the biggest charitable events in Thailand which has raised over US$950,000 for the National Elephant population institute, which provides medical care, housing for the mahouts and families, shelters and more. (Photo by Guillaume Payen/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
BANGKOK, THAILAND - MARCH 10: Elephants enjoy a break before starting the polo match during the 2016 King's Cup Elephant Polo at Anantara Chaopraya Resort in Bangkok, Thailand on March 10, 2016. The King's Cup Elephant Polo was introduced to Thailand in 2001 by Anantara Resort and has grown to become one of the biggest charitable events in Thailand which has raised over US$950,000 for the National Elephant population institute, which provides medical care, housing for the mahouts and families, shelters and more. (Photo by Guillaume Payen/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
BANGKOK, THAILAND - MARCH 10: A mahout riding an elephant during the opening ceremony at the 2016 King's Cup Elephant Polo at Anantara Chaopraya Resort in Bangkok, Thailand on March 10, 2016. The King's Cup Elephant Polo was introduced to Thailand in 2001 by Anantara Resort and has grown to become one of the biggest charitable events in Thailand which has raised over US$950,000 for the National Elephant population institute, which provides medical care, housing for the mahouts and families, shelters and more. (Photo by Guillaume Payen/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
BANGKOK, THAILAND - MARCH 10: Elephants and mahouts standing during the opening ceremony at the 2016 King's Cup Elephant Polo at Anantara Chaopraya Resort in Bangkok, Thailand on March 10, 2016. The King's Cup Elephant Polo was introduced to Thailand in 2001 by Anantara Resort and has grown to become one of the biggest charitable events in Thailand which has raised over US$950,000 for the National Elephant population institute, which provides medical care, housing for the mahouts and families, shelters and more. (Photo by Guillaume Payen/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
An elephant approaches the ball during the 14th annual King's Cup Elephant Polo Tournament in Bangkok on March 10, 2016. The King's Cup Elephant Polo Tournament is aimed at raising awareness for elephant conservation in Thailand. / AFP / LILLIAN SUWANRUMPHA (Photo credit should read LILLIAN SUWANRUMPHA/AFP/Getty Images)
BANGKOK, THAILAND - MARCH 10: Elephant polo team battle for the ball during a match at the 2016 King's Cup Elephant Polo at Anantara Chaopraya Resort in Bangkok, Thailand on March 10, 2016. The King's Cup Elephant Polo was introduced to Thailand in 2001 by Anantara Resort and has grown to become one of the biggest charitable events in Thailand which has raised over US$950,000 for the National Elephant population institute, which provides medical care, housing for the mahouts and families, shelters and more. (Photo by Guillaume Payen/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
BANGKOK, THAILAND - MARCH 10: Polo player rides an elephant during the 2016 King's Cup Elephant Polo at Anantara Chaopraya Resort in Bangkok, Thailand on March 10, 2016. The King's Cup Elephant Polo was introduced to Thailand in 2001 by Anantara Resort and has grown to become one of the biggest charitable events in Thailand which has raised over US$950,000 for the National Elephant population institute, which provides medical care, housing for the mahouts and families, shelters and more. (Photo by Guillaume Payen/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Mahouts wait with their elephants during the 14th annual King's Cup Elephant Polo Tournament in Bangkok on March 10, 2016. The King's Cup Elephant Polo Tournament is aimed at raising awareness for elephant conservation in Thailand. / AFP / LILLIAN SUWANRUMPHA (Photo credit should read LILLIAN SUWANRUMPHA/AFP/Getty Images)
BANGKOK, THAILAND - MARCH 10: Opening parade kicks off during the 2016 King's Cup Elephant Polo at Anantara Chaopraya Resort in Bangkok, Thailand on March 10, 2016. The King's Cup Elephant Polo was introduced to Thailand in 2001 by Anantara Resort and has grown to become one of the biggest charitable events in Thailand which has raised over US$950,000 for the National Elephant population institute, which provides medical care, housing for the mahouts and families, shelters and more. (Photo by Guillaume Payen/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
BANGKOK, THAILAND - MARCH 10: Opening parade kicks off as old style Thai traditional dancers followed by the elephants perform during the 2016 King's Cup Elephant Polo at Anantara Chaopraya Resort in Bangkok, Thailand on March 10, 2016. The King's Cup Elephant Polo was introduced to Thailand in 2001 by Anantara Resort and has grown to become one of the biggest charitable events in Thailand which has raised over US$950,000 for the National Elephant population institute, which provides medical care, housing for the mahouts and families, shelters and more. (Photo by Guillaume Payen/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
People interact with elephants at the 14th annual King's Cup Elephant Polo Tournament in Bangkok on March 10, 2016. The King's Cup Elephant Polo Tournament is aimed at raising awareness for elephant conservation in Thailand. / AFP / LILLIAN SUWANRUMPHA (Photo credit should read LILLIAN SUWANRUMPHA/AFP/Getty Images)
BANGKOK, THAILAND - MARCH 10: Opening parade kicks off as old style Thai traditional dancers followed by the elephants perform during the 2016 King's Cup Elephant Polo at Anantara Chaopraya Resort in Bangkok, Thailand on March 10, 2016. The King's Cup Elephant Polo was introduced to Thailand in 2001 by Anantara Resort and has grown to become one of the biggest charitable events in Thailand which has raised over US$950,000 for the National Elephant population institute, which provides medical care, housing for the mahouts and families, shelters and more. (Photo by Guillaume Payen/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
An elephant enjoys a buffet of fruits and vegetables at the 14th annual King's Cup Elephant Polo Tournament in Bangkok on March 10, 2016. The King's Cup Elephant Polo Tournament is aimed at raising awareness for elephant conservation in Thailand. / AFP / LILLIAN SUWANRUMPHA (Photo credit should read LILLIAN SUWANRUMPHA/AFP/Getty Images)
An elephant enjoys a buffet of fruits and vegetables at the 14th annual King's Cup Elephant Polo Tournament in Bangkok on March 10, 2016. The King's Cup Elephant Polo Tournament is aimed at raising awareness for elephant conservation in Thailand. / AFP / LILLIAN SUWANRUMPHA (Photo credit should read LILLIAN SUWANRUMPHA/AFP/Getty Images)
Participants compete during the 14th annual King's Cup Elephant Polo Tournament in Bangkok on March 10, 2016. The King's Cup Elephant Polo Tournament is aimed at raising awareness for elephant conservation in Thailand. / AFP / LILLIAN SUWANRUMPHA (Photo credit should read LILLIAN SUWANRUMPHA/AFP/Getty Images)
BANGKOK, THAILAND - MARCH 10: Polo player rides an elephant during the 2016 King's Cup Elephant Polo at Anantara Chaopraya Resort in Bangkok, Thailand on March 10, 2016. The King's Cup Elephant Polo was introduced to Thailand in 2001 by Anantara Resort and has grown to become one of the biggest charitable events in Thailand which has raised over US$950,000 for the National Elephant population institute, which provides medical care, housing for the mahouts and families, shelters and more. (Photo by Guillaume Payen/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Participants compete during the 14th annual King's Cup Elephant Polo Tournament in Bangkok on March 10, 2016. The King's Cup Elephant Polo Tournament is aimed at raising awareness for elephant conservation in Thailand. / AFP / LILLIAN SUWANRUMPHA (Photo credit should read LILLIAN SUWANRUMPHA/AFP/Getty Images)
BANGKOK, THAILAND - MARCH 10: Elephants enjoy their buffet before the polo match during the 2016 King's Cup Elephant Polo at Anantara Chaopraya Resort in Bangkok, Thailand on March 10, 2016. The King's Cup Elephant Polo was introduced to Thailand in 2001 by Anantara Resort and has grown to become one of the biggest charitable events in Thailand which has raised over US$950,000 for the National Elephant population institute, which provides medical care, housing for the mahouts and families, shelters and more. (Photo by Guillaume Payen/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
BANGKOK, THAILAND - MARCH 10: Elephants enjoy their buffet before the polo match during the 2016 King's Cup Elephant Polo at Anantara Chaopraya Resort in Bangkok, Thailand on March 10, 2016. The King's Cup Elephant Polo was introduced to Thailand in 2001 by Anantara Resort and has grown to become one of the biggest charitable events in Thailand which has raised over US$950,000 for the National Elephant population institute, which provides medical care, housing for the mahouts and families, shelters and more. (Photo by Guillaume Payen/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
BANGKOK, THAILAND - MARCH 10: Elephants enjoy a break before starting the polo match during the 2016 King's Cup Elephant Polo at Anantara Chaopraya Resort in Bangkok, Thailand on March 10, 2016. The King's Cup Elephant Polo was introduced to Thailand in 2001 by Anantara Resort and has grown to become one of the biggest charitable events in Thailand which has raised over US$950,000 for the National Elephant population institute, which provides medical care, housing for the mahouts and families, shelters and more. (Photo by Guillaume Payen/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
BANGKOK, THAILAND - MARCH 10: A monk blowing horn during Monk Blessing Ceremony at the 2016 King's Cup Elephant Polo at Anantara Chaopraya Resort in Bangkok, Thailand on March 10, 2016. The King's Cup Elephant Polo was introduced to Thailand in 2001 by Anantara Resort and has grown to become one of the biggest charitable events in Thailand which has raised over US$950,000 for the National Elephant population institute, which provides medical care, housing for the mahouts and families, shelters and more. (Photo by Guillaume Payen/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Elephants parade in front of an image of King Bhumibol Adulyadej at the 14th annual King's Cup Elephant Polo Tournament in Bangkok on March 10, 2016. The King's Cup Elephant Polo Tournament is aimed at raising awareness for elephant conservation in Thailand. / AFP / LILLIAN SUWANRUMPHA (Photo credit should read LILLIAN SUWANRUMPHA/AFP/Getty Images)
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