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Originally posted by jaamaan
Increddible video that shows an elephant painting art.
This pretty much proves to me that "most" animals are inteligent and have emotions just like us.
Very nice how it paints an elephant holding a flower.
What is next, writing a book
Originally posted by dk3000
I was going to post this but was waiting for some research facts on how these elephants were trained to paint. If they were beaten into submission that I would be propagating torture in awe of the miracle of the abilities of animals. As inspiring as this video is (a friend emailed it to me) it is also not beyond people to suffer an animal to entertain themselves or create a profit from the sale of such a painting. If this was and is in fact an uninhibited example of animal art- I for one would rid my home of many things and redecorate it with only animal art.
Now that this has been posted- I am directing my OCD skills solely to my investigation and will duly report my findings to this thread.
“ Elephant Art” began in 1998 out of the artists’ interest in Thai elephants and their handlers, or mahouts. These elephants had been used in forestry but were no longer needed due to a 1990 ban on deforestation. After travelling to Thailand and visiting various camps where these elephants were kept, Komar and Melamid chose to begin their project at the Lampang camp, where they found elephants living in relatively good conditions, well cared for by their mahouts.