And Somai, a stately behemoth who drew visitors from around the world, received a bounty of those when he was laid to rest this week.
His funeral at Boon Lott's Elephant Sanctuary (BLES) in Thailand drew some 40 people, with monks offering blessings and draping his 68-year-old body with flowers.
"Our founding elephant, our survivor, our hero," Katherine Connor, BLES founder, wrote on the sanctuary's blog.
He died, she explained, "surrounded by thick bushes, huge trees and.. and fresh water."
"Judging on the position of his body, we believe Somai had been lying down, sleeping," she wrote. "We think he stood up, but lost his footing and his legs gave way from underneath him. This resulted with him landing on his face and chest."