Funeral Of An Elephant | The Last Honour

You can see in the photos below Buddhist monks praying for their dead elephant Hemantha during a religious ceremony at a Buddhist temple in Colombo March 15, 2016.

Hemantha (the elephant), which died from injuries to its feet, was under medical treatment for the last six months. The medics tried their best but they couldn’t keep Hemantha alive. In the past the elephant used to march at street parades during festivals held by the temple.

Finally, the elephant Hemantha died at age 23 (it is known that wild elephants have long lifespans, reaching 60–70 years of age). “H/T”: designyoutrust.

Mahout Wasantha cries next to his elephant Hemantha’s dead body during a religious ceremony at a Buddhist temple in Colombo March 15, 2016.

Mahout Wasantha cries next to his elephant Hemantha’s dead body during a religious ceremony at a Buddhist temple in Colombo March 15, 2016.

A covered dead body of elephant Hemantha is seen during a religious ceremony at a Buddhist temple in Colombo March 15, 2016.

A covered dead body of elephant Hemantha is seen during a religious ceremony at a Buddhist temple in Colombo March 15, 2016.

Local villagers prepare to bury the body of elephant Hemantha during a religious ceremony at a Buddhist temple in Colombo March 15, 2016.

Local villagers prepare to bury the body of elephant Hemantha during a religious ceremony at a Buddhist temple in Colombo March 15, 2016.

Photos by Dinuka Liyanawatte/Reuters

Buddhist monks stand next to elephant Hemantha’s dead body during a religious ceremony at a Buddhist temple in Colombo March 15, 2016.

Buddhist monks stand next to elephant Hemantha’s dead body during a religious ceremony at a Buddhist temple in Colombo March 15, 2016.

Local villagers prepare to bury the body of elephant Hemantha during a religious ceremony at a Buddhist temple in Colombo

Local villagers prepare to bury the body of elephant Hemantha during a religious ceremony at a Buddhist temple in Colombo

A covered dead body of elephant Hemantha is seen during a religious ceremony at a Buddhist temple in

A covered dead body of elephant Hemantha is seen during a religious ceremony at a Buddhist temple in

Flowers offered by local villagers seen on the dead body of elephant Hemantha is seen during a religious ceremony at a Buddhist temple in Colombo March 15, 2016

Flowers offered by local villagers seen on the dead body of elephant Hemantha is seen during a religious ceremony at a Buddhist temple in Colombo March 15, 2016

Local villagers prepare to bury the body of elephant Hemantha during a religious ceremony at a Buddhist temple

Local villagers prepare to bury the body of elephant Hemantha during a religious ceremony at a Buddhist temple

Funeral Of An Elephant

Funeral Of An Elephant

An officer from Wild Life takes pictures of the dead body of elephant Hemantha before the religious ceremony at a Buddhist temple in Colombo March 15, 2016.

An officer from Wild Life takes pictures of the dead body of elephant Hemantha before the religious ceremony at a Buddhist temple in Colombo March 15, 2016.

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