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Elephant artist


I want to believe the elephant came up with this piece of art on her own, but I presume she was trained. Nevertheless.

Does anyone know back-story for this painting or ths organization? Just WOW.

Thanks for the heads-up, siro gravity.



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Apr. 30th, 2012 08:26 pm (UTC)
If that's not from Thailand, it may be from the Elephant Sanctuary in Hohenwald, TN. At least one of their elephants (Tarra) was a painter, and seems to have done it on her own. There's also a center in Thailand with painting elephants; try googling elephant art gallery and see what you get. Some seem to enjoy it and will do it on their own. They seem to be inclined to abstract art. </p>

Snopes.com also a has an entry on the video. There's a Wikipedia article on Ruby, who appears, like Tarra, to have started by drawing in the dirt with a stick.

May. 1st, 2012 12:18 am (UTC)
Bogwitch64 (below) shared the Snopes link - it's real! Fascinating.
Apr. 30th, 2012 09:50 pm (UTC)
Trained or not, that IS astounding! Here's some background: http://www.snopes.com/photos/animals/elephantpainting.asp
May. 1st, 2012 12:19 am (UTC)
Thanks! And you're right, it's wonderful either way.
May. 1st, 2012 12:07 am (UTC)
And it's just as astonishing on your page as mine. :)
I enjoyed the link that bogwitch64 put up. Really interesting, and that they can paint so well is amazing even if they are trained.
I mean, people are trained, too, right?
May. 1st, 2012 12:20 am (UTC)
Thanks for posting it! And, yes, why should we consider it any different if a human or elephant is trained to replicate a piece of art?
May. 1st, 2012 12:17 pm (UTC)
I found it interesting that Tarra and Ruby both drew with sticks in the dirt unprompted before they were given paint and brushes.
May. 1st, 2012 02:21 pm (UTC)
They're natural artists!
May. 1st, 2012 05:37 am (UTC)
May. 1st, 2012 02:21 pm (UTC)
Isn't it, though?
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