Even those of us who have never been parents are feeling the full weight of the grieving orca who, after more than two weeks, is still carrying her dead calf around. The 20-year-old whale known as J35 continues to swim around off the tip of Washington’s Olympic Peninsula, with the rest of her pod who have also helped her.

The calf died July 24th.

“Watching Orca Mother Grieve Over Her Dead Baby Cafe Has Brought Many Of Us To Tears”

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No, animals are not people. But this display proves that animals have deep, familial bonds and should be treated with respect.