Echo: An Elephant to Remember
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Echo, the elephant matriarch, was the subject of many films and the leader of a carefully studies herd of elephants in Africa. This past fall, she died of natural causes. This film is a look back at this remarkable animal through extraordinary footage and interviews with the researchers that cared for and studied this amazing herd.
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"Echo: An Elephant to Remember," had me in tears most of the episode, but clapping at the end. For we learn just how deep elephants are. Echo taught her family well, and she will live on through them. I hope the story doesn't end, for I would love to learn more about spunky Ebony, or see how well Echo's sister does in continuing to lead the family.
It is sad to see such a magnificent creature go, but the story is one that cannot be missed. There is just too much to learn from it.
Aside from the story, the photography is amazing. I never tire of seeing these awesome creatures dominate the plains, or watch them interact with each other. This is a must have for any animal lover.
Even though his strength was fading, one day he finally gathered up the strength to stand up straight. Eli finally got his first chance to nurse from his mother. After he got his first meal, his strength improved and he became stronger every day thereafter. Echo went on to have other babies after that, and the documentaries about her slowed down. Echo's daughter's remained with her over the years, and they also helped her look out for the young elephant calves.
This movie is more about the final demise of Echo, It is very interesting, and I enjoyed it so much. Echo was a very intelligent thinking elephant that was devoted to her family until the very end of her life. I like elephants even more than lions, but the good films about them are harder to find.
If you own the previous documentaries of Nature or the BBC about Echo and her elephant family you will want to add this one to your collection. Perhaps another episode featuring elephants and/or African wildlife should have been added to what is offered here, since many of the other Nature DVD's/blu-rays contain bonus programs to make them at least two hours. It's the one thing that would have made this outstanding blu-ray/DVD even better. The program has such beautiful footage photographed with the latest technology that it makes you wish for more.
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Of course their were tears at Echo's death.Read more