"When overpowered and made fast, his grief was most affecting; his violence sank to utter prostration, and he lay on the ground, uttering choking cries, with tears trickling down his cheeks."
And more than a century later, another elephant broke the world's heart with what seemed very much like tears of sorrow.
In 2013, baby Zhuang Zhuang appeared to weep uncontrollably when rejected by his mother. Well, not just rejected, but also nearly stomped to death.
At the time, a zookeeper with the Chinese wildlife shelter where Zhuangzhuang was kept told reporters, "He couldn't bear to be parted from his mother and it was his mother who was trying to kill him."