When an elephant dies, a unique series of events unfolds. Nat Geo Wild explores what happens after an elephant's demise. Initially, the herd mourns the loss, emitting low-frequency calls and carefully touching the deceased with their trunks. Scientific studies reveal that elephants may even show signs of grief. As decomposition begins, scavenger animals like vultures and hyenas start to feast on the carcass, with beetles and bacteria aiding in the process. Eventually, only the elephant's bones remain, often becoming an essential habitat for other animals in the ecosystem.